Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: On Watching the War in a Razzle Dazzle Age

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

On Watching the War in a Razzle Dazzle Age

"At one point the picture was bouncing between Top Gun and the Coverage of the war , i realize with a start that i couldn't tell which was which. they both had martial music, splendind graphics, high tech shots of planes soaring into the sky. it was only when tom cruise came on the screen that i knew which was the movie" Carl Rivers

Intrestingly enough this sentiment is reminscent of the feelings most people have about our current war. From watching any televesion news station, the war had been dumbed down into a series of shorts and dramatic music. We are so un informed and dissassociated from the counrty we are at war with that we lack empathy and understanding. " I had this eerie sense that something was very wrong. one just shouldn't be munching Dortitos watching a real war- that's for the Superbowl" i can defnatlet relate to ths statement because there have been evenings i find myself flipping through the channels only stoping on Cnn if something explosive catches my eye. Whether it's right or wrong, the media has definatley played the old mind Trick on us.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post, but if you want credit you need to use a screen name that can be deciphered.

4/14/2008 1:29 PM  

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