Readings, Week 13

Militarism and Media

  • Why does America fight other countries?
  • What is the Military Industrial Complex?  Name the four components of the MIC?
  • Who coined the term “Military Industrial Complex”?
  • What is a think tank?  What is the most influential Washington think tank?  Who are its most influential members?  What is the Office of Special Plans?
  • How is the history of militarism, since WW2, a history of lies?  Discuss the JFK issue, Watergate, the Iran Contra scandal, Rumsfeld & Saddam.
  • How many American agencies are employed by the US government to produce “advocacy” news?
  • According to Chomsky, how many definitions of democracy exist in Western culture?  Why are there these different definitions?
  • What historical era, in modern history, caused the US military to commandeer the American media’s coverage of war?  What presidential statement, post-911, effectively silenced frank press coverage of war?
  • How did the US military censor coverage of the first Gulf War in the early 1990s?
  • How did the US military censor coverage of the recent war in Iraq?  Explain the genius of current system…
  • What do we not see on the American media’s coverage of war?

Rumsfeld shakes hands with Saddam (1983)

Fore, William. The Military News Complex.

Uricchio, William. Television Conventions.

Brickmeyer, Mimi.  Post 9/11 Hollywood: the films they dare not make today .

Rosenblatt, Roger. The Age of Irony comes to an end.,9171,1000893,00.html

For a deeper understanding of militarism and our culture’s goals, read about “The Project for a New American Century” (PNAC) and the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI)

PNAC members & architects

Re-read the source of my favourite quotation, by Ramsey Clark

Want to watch this powerful speaker?

What is depleted uranium?

War Toys

Iran Contras