We Weren't Allowed To See Pictures Of Troop Caskets, But Can See Insurgents Blow Themselves Up! HMMMM
I would like to know which is worse to show at 11:30 in the morning....this:
The desensitizing, as you write, has been going on since the inception of the television. Through the years, the images of sex and violence have become an intrinsically part of the “hell-a-vision”--as someone recently expressed to me--experience. Daily, we are fed these images to numb us to it connotations--that being promiscuousness and violence are a normal part of life and our existences.
With this, reiterating the fact that we are by nature selfish, we are desensitized to the point where the target of the violence must be some outward entity. If the violence is directed towards the “hero” or “star” of the movie, sitcom, or even cartoon, it is viewed as an aggressive act upon the viewer, since we are so invested in the character.
The reason that the images of the returning caskets were banned was to ensure that the American public, after seeing the steady influx of American bodies during “Vietnam”, would not become emotional as a reaction to the aggressive acts towards themselves, since we were so invested in the lives of the American troops sent to a far-off land to protect the United States’ interests. The idea was to never again have a nation of people acting emotionally opposing America’s aggressive acts towards others.
So, the images of the “enemies” or “bad guys” in this real world reality show, War On Terrorism, only excites it’s viewers when they are blown up, shot, and shredded to pieces. So, the media knowing this, will only feed images of the bad guy getting his due, which winds up being a great tool in coaxing the public to pick the side of the hero. Thus, it is not an issue of propaganda; but, it is used as a contrivance of propaganda. In the world of Network News Hollywood and the media-industrial complex (lol… I threw that in just for you J-One), it is a better script to present to the masses, all while gaining the hearts of their friends within the government and turning a huge profit from ratings.
This is not to say that the powers that be within the government do not lean on the networks; the mere fact that the broadcasting of returning caskets was banned shows that the government’s agenda is forced upon the networks. As long as we see that the enemy is killing himself--or we are killing the enemy--and the enemy is not killing us, we continue to support the war or express no concern either way. Until it is shown that we, too, are being blown into pieces, we will remain quiet and absorb the great joy of watching lesser mortals’ body parts fly towards the screens that serve as a screen to keep us detached from actual happenings within it. In Vietnam, the images were on the tube (we can hardly use that term nowadays) often, and people grew tired of seeing their brothers, sons, fathers, cousins, and friends decrepit or dead. Now, we see the brothers, fathers, sons cousins, and friends of people who we view as enemies decrepit or dead; and, it is okay. Why? Because, that hides the fact that OUR brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, cousins, and friends are decrepit or dead! Wake Up & Smell The B.S.