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Impact of Media on War

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War has a big impact on popular culture within society and in fact works into every aspect of pop culture such as music, television, film, and even video games. This is highly evident during the present war in Iraq which followed the tragic events of September 11, 2001. However the impact of war on popular culture can be traced back to World War I in the United States and even further in world history. As seen in the documentary “Militainment INC” we see fascinating, disturbing, and timely glimpses into the militarization of American popular culture, and seeing how U.S. news coverage has come to resemble Hollywood film, video games, and reality television in its glamorization of war. As Neil Postman states “we couldn’t know anything in the world without different forms of media to convey information.” This paper will discuss the evolution of the media coverage over the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the War on Iraq. Reporters and photographers went through a big change in the Vietnam War and changed the style of reporting the war for future journalists. They went from reporting directly off of press releases and forming good, enthusiastic stories to investigative reporting and writing hard truthful stories. The stories coming from Vietnam and the photos coming from the front line did more than sway public opinion, they helped end the war. The media's job was to keep the American listeners and readers optimistic and panic free. Reporters in the Vietnam War began to show skepticism of the government's presence and their intentions their reports began to reflect the popular doubts that had been rising among the American public because of the increasing numbers of casualties. The reporters and photographers did not have as much enthusiasm as they had when they were first went to Vietnam and they were finding sad stories and painful pictures. Coverage of the Vietnam war taught the American government two valuable lessons one never allow the media unrestricted access...

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