COMM 387 Study Guide Part 3 Films

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COMM 387-- Study Guide Films – Part Three Blood and Oil Buying the War: How Did the Mainstream Press Get It So Wrong Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People Ghosts of Abu Gharib 1. How have American officials explained and justified military actions to the American people? By withholding crucial information about the actual reasons and potential costs of military action, again and again choosing to present an easier version of the wars reality—designed not to inform, but to generate and maintain support and enthusiasm for war 2. What did Norman Solomon wonder as he came of draft age during the Vietnam War? About the truthfulness of the statements coming from the Whitehouse and the top officials in Washington—were we getting more truths or lies? 3. What did Solomon begin to think about the way the Vietnam War was sold and subsequent military actions? Set of striking parallels; while the names of the countries changed, there were some parallels; rarely if ever does a war just wall down from the sky, a foundation must be made and a case is built, often with deception 4. What propaganda techniques have leaders throughout history used to sell wars to wary populations? Invoking images of nationalism and channeling fear and anger towards perceived enemies and threats 5. Who have Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein been compared to by George W. Bush? Hitler 6. What insight from Aldous Huxley does Solomon draw upon? “It’s more powerful often to leave things out than to tell lies” 7. What example does Solomon use to illustrate the insight from Huxley? Quite often the US government directly helped the dictators that we’re now being told must be overthrown—selectivity of history is a very effective form of propaganda 8. What is the repeated claim made by United States leaders in the build-up to war? The US uses military force only with great reluctance 9. What is the reason given as to why force must be used? To spread freedom and democracy 10. What makes bombing other people ultimately seem like an act of kindness? They tug at our heart strings; “Don’t just think of yourself; America can’t be selfish” If their motives are pure than people will be ok with the bombings if we think it will help them in the long run 11. What does every President say they love? Peace
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12. In the case of Richard Nixon how was this contradicted by his own words? Just ordered massive military violence and lethal action by the Pentagon, then saying I want to oppose violence and promote peace 13. What happens to war when it is used as a rationale for peace? It becomes perpetual
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