Collective Memory and Vietnam War Films

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Collective Memory and Vietnam War Films Memories never truly appear as they occurred. Even if captured by film they morph. It does not matter what these memories are of- or whether their significance is merely personal or if it applies to the entire planet, they always change over time. Memory and history is shaped. This is the concept known as collective memory. It presents the idea that memory has eight different components that serve to create the memory that exists in today’s world (whenever today happens to be). One way of exploring collective memory is by viewing films. In this case we will be exploring Vietnam War films in order to see the affect collective memory has had on an event that is viewed as a black mark on America’s history. Collective memory consists of eight components. First, collective memory is ongoing, it is constantly changing as time goes on. Second, it is not necessarily logical and rational. The concept of collective memory does not need to follow a linear path. Third, collective memory is related to issues of time. Things can easily change, and these changes might have a drastic affect on the memory. Fourth, IT IS RELATED TO SPACE ? Explain. Fifth, it is not always complete, rather collective memory is partial- using only what is important at the time. Sixth, this idea is usable. It can have social consequences, and many people use that to their advantage. Collective memory is one of the most often used tools. Seventh, it is particular and universal. Due to this the concept is often applied to specific events that have problems that are deemed universal. By creating a problem that appears to have the potential to affect the entire global community a resolution becomes an immediate necessity, despite the narrow and specific nature of the event. Because of this people are often able to use collective memory to accomplish their own goals by tricking others into believing the cause is immediate and important to the entire world. Lastly, collective memory is embodied in material, such as objects, stories, songs, rituals, and films. (CITE collins) (((((((In this instance we will be exploring collective memory in films. Vietnam War films to be exact. Today the Vietnam War is seen as a black mark on America’s history. It is the only war the United States has lost. This was a great blow to the American people because America is supposed to hold the role of the “great protector.” We are a world superpower, and therefore are responsible for being sure that the rest of the world is okay. Another fault with the war that many point out is that America was not truly needed during the war. Many claim the United States had no business going to Vietnam, a country half way around the world that had no affect whatsoever on the United States. )))))
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The ongoing nature of collective memory can be illustrated through the Vietnam War films. For one, if The Green Berets , a film from 1968 (filmed during the war), is compared to The Deer Hunter
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