I think it has a perspective, but I really didn’t think it was propaganda. I guess that’s why I was asking if anybody else had seen it.
-Propaganda[from modern Latin: ‘propaganda’, literally ‘propagating’] is a concerted set of messages aimed at influencing the opinions or behavior of large numbers of people. Instead of impartially providing information, propaganda in its most basic sense presents information in order to influence its audience. The most effective propaganda is often completely truthful, but some propaganda presents facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis, or gives loaded messages in order to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the cognitive narrative of the subject in the target audience.
Here’s a link to some more propaganda, this by outgoing President Dwight David Eisenhower; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdrGKwkmxAU
I remember everyone in our class praying for Ike when he had his heart problems. I also knew that he was a golfer like my Dad, which was good enough for me. I think history has shown him to be a decent man.
Then it is definitely propaganda and not a documentary. It is one unbalanced view with a purpose to protest the war. All wars have psychological baggage.
The soldiers who are interviewed, it comes out by the end of the piece, are all in some way involved with a few organizations of vets who came home and started to protest the war. So no, they don’t really attempt to hide that. But they really aren’t a pack of lefty kids, by a long shot. The film itself is so low-key–it isn’t really yelling at you or forcing you into a point of view. I’ll put it this way–in Michael Moore movies what puts people off is the loud narrator. There is no narrator here. It’s just an unfolding of these people’s experiences. But it talks a lot about the psychological baggage you bring back with you. It’s pretty incredible, I thought.
I haven’t seen it but I did listen to a piece about it on public radio yesterday and question whether it is a documentary or a propaganda piece. The questions I would have are how many soldiers were interviewed? Are the interviews all negative in some aspect? If so, then what is the real percentage of returning soldiers that share the views presented by the interviews? How many individual people have served in Iraq (all volunteers I believe)? Over a million? If so you could find any kind of feedback to support a preconceived viewpoint to present.
My personal feedback experience with work friends and a nephew that had served in Iraq were positive. However, they were all lucky and came home in one piece.
BTW, I am a veteran volunteer non-draftee of a different era – Vietnam. By the luck of the draw, though, I was never in the theatre of action.
I know we have a lot of vets here, and I’m curious about their perspective.
anybody here seen this documentary?
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