Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Future Coverage

Monday, April 16, 2007

Future Coverage

I do not think the coverage of wars is ever going to be the same again. During the Gulf war, the government felt as though hindering coverage would enable them to fight a war and win before the public realized the casualities and damage that was caused. This sounds logical but it is very hard to keep the public in the dark when they have the right to know what is going on. It is their families that are overseas fighting and they need to know how things are going. It becomes a problem when the knowledge they recieve puts their family members at risk. I also do not like the fact that people fabricate information just to make it seem as though they know what is happening. Lies do not help anyone's situation and it makes things worse because people become very upset when they find out the truth. According to James LeMoyne,"At times they staged events solely for the cameras." I understand that the military needs to be presented in a positive light but the truth needs to be told because people find out the truth eventually.

The coverage now is very different because of the internet and all the other access of media that people have. The soldiers have computer access from the field and can easily send footage to family members and friends. The government can no longer control what information gets to the public so they need to find to new way to win a war quickly and keep the public on their side. They definately need to do it quickly because they are not doing a good job with the current war in Iraq, which is also a completely different war.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good discussion of the material.

It is much more difficult to control the flow of information out of the war zone than it ever has been before. What can the military do to counter this?

5/07/2007 9:33 PM  

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