Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Gulf Vietnam

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Gulf Vietnam


"...refined their plans for controlling media coverage of the coming conflict, they were said to be propelled by the notion that an uncensored American press had "lost" the Vietnam War by demoralizing the public with unpleasant news." (David Halberstam, pg.112)
This quote is a short explaination of how it was easy to compair the gulf war of the early 90's to the Vietnam War. Much like the gulf war, many questioned our involvement in the war. As expressed in the text, vietnam was one of the first wars that the media was unanimously against, so a propaganda approach, defending our governments decision was hard to find. Vietnam Syndrome is sybolic to the medias protest to supporting America when historically the media was used as a tool for America to spread propaganda and gain support during times of war.

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

The Vietnam war was a tragic chapter for the military. They spent the next twenty years trying to learn from the mistakes of Vietnam. One of the most important lessons that the Defense Deparment learned from Vietnam was that the media needed to be controlled and not allowed the freedom of access that they had during during the Vietnam conflict.

3/22/2008 10:04 PM  

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