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Assignment 2 - Kelly Paley 13 November 2007 Assignment 2 Dr...

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Kelly Paley 13 November 2007 Assignment 2 Dr. Sheffield Will History Repeat Itself? The current conflict in the Middle East is a subject in the media that no one can avoid hearing about or seeing in a news story on a daily basis, whether it is about troop removal dates or Iraqi suicide bombings’ death tolls. When a person hears so much about a subject, he cannot help but think of past occurrences that relate to the subject. The main historical event that comes to mind, relating to the current event, is something that occurred forty years ago: the Vietnam War. The situations in Iraq and Vietnam share so many similarities that a person wonders if Iraq will end the same way as Vietnam. The similarities, which include a frowned-upon president, troop removal/deployment, and major media attention, point to yes. The biggest similarity between the two is the widespread spotlight that the news media puts on the situation. The only difference between the media of the mid-1960s and of today is the abundance of different types of media sources available to the public, stating their opinions for the world to see. For example, the internet makes Blogs and rebroadcasts of televised newscasts available with the single click of a button, something completely unheard of during the conflict in Vietnam. With the availability of many news media sources at the nation’s fingertips, it is clear that there will be more than one point of view of the story that is being presented. Recently, a topic grabbing media attention deals with when President George W. Bush is planning to pull the soldiers out of Iraq and bring them home. Every newspaper, magazine, reporter, and average-Joe-Blogger will have something different to say and present it at a different angle, but it is up to the reader to
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Paley 2 decide what it is he or she believes to be true. The audiences of these sources inevitably decide what is right to them individually. Because of the large availability of sources today, the public gets a broader view of what is going on in the world around them, enabling them to pass on their interpretations of the news to younger generations, whether it be correct or not.
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