Bruce Jackson Quotes
Which suggests something about media and war: it's not just that events happen and the media documents and presents them. There is a third element: what the public is ready to accept, what the public wants to know.
Well, I think everybody's a little jealous of the Vietnam Wall, even people from wars that already have good monuments. You have a monument like the Wall and nobody ever forgets your war, you can bet on that.
War is big and there are only so many reporters and only so many places for their words and images to appear. Choices are made constantly.
Vietnam is often called our only uncensored war, but that only means that the government wasn't vetting the pictures and words.
They say the death of a parent puts you in time because that means there's now no generation standing between you and ordinary death: you're next. I don't buy it.
The US military still blames the media for stories and images that turned the American public against the war in Vietnam.
The U.S. government has in recent years fought what it termed wars against AIDs, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and terrorism. Each of those wars has budgets, legislation, offices, officials, letterhead - everything necessary in a bureaucracy to tell you something is real.
Technology has changed the way book publishing works, as it has changed everything else in the world of media.
Perhaps the most important lesson of the New Social Historians is that history belongs to those about whom or whose documents survive.
For governments at war, the media is an instrument of war or an element in war that is to be controlled.