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.  http://www.medialit.org/reading_room/article76.html

Uricchio, William. Television Conventions.  http://web.mit.edu/cms/reconstructions/interpretations/tvconventions.html

Brickmeyer, Mimi.  Post 9/11 Hollywood: the films they dare not make today .http://www.hollywoodinvestigator.com/2003/dune.htm

Rosenblatt, Roger. The Age of Irony comes to an end. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1000893,00.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? http://www.peace.ca/ramseyclarkvideo.htm

What is depleted uranium?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depleted_uranium

War Toys  http://www.parentingbookmark.com/pages/NCP03.htm

Iran Contras http://youtube.com/watch?v=pQwVDP0WVTU&mode=related&search=

OPTIONAL:  MILITARY POLLUTION