I recently watched the MSNBC documentary Hubris: Selling the Iraq War. For those of you that don’t know, the documentary is about the lies and deceptions that the government used after 9/11 to convince America that they should go to war with Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Before the documentary begins, Rachel Maddow opens the show by comparing the Iraq War with the Vietnam War. Specifically, she discusses the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and points out that the government lied to the American people to convince them that they should go to war with Vietnam.
In the Postman text, the author claims that advertising and television prevent the public from gaining a historical perspective: “In the Age of Show Business and image politics, political discourse is emptied not only of ideological content but of historical content, as well” (136). Based off the similarities between the Iraq War and Vietnam War it seems to me that Postman may be on to something. Thoughts?