everyone has made very intelligent informed statements about this
this is why ATS is #1
as a whole this website gives the best information on many topics
we have viewpoints from all extremes and the middle; and nothing is hidden; the only thing censored that i know of is "rude" things, and even alot
of them are tolerated
like many have said; you must balance all of these views into your own unique perspective; and truely this place fosters that
sorry i was off subject there but that was my sort of applause for the ATS community
ATS beats CNN FOX ABC NBC CBS PBS etc etc daily
but now to the subject
1.What affects public opinion on war?
I think everyone in the thread said it better than I could. I cant think of anything to add other than; I have nothing to add .
2. How accurate is media reporting on war?
Like said earlier; its definatly more accurate than it was in the past.
But it isnt perfect either; its progressive; but its still controlled to an extent and certain things are censored for various reasons. The media is
definatly favoring some things over others. I cannot argue agianst the statement that they appear quite nationalistic often. They can easily be
blamed for "adding gasoline to the fire" when wars start; the recent Iraq war is a good example. Every media outlet on the planet poured "gasonline
on the fire" in Iraq War II. And its still going on...
3.Is media reporting purposely skewed, or was it skewed by those who report it to the media?
Delta 38 said it better than I can; his post is right above mine
4. What cultural/social implications does war have?
Alot of the Social and Cultural parts die when the people who create those parts have their heads blown off. Literally.
Statements like "Alot of people die" and "We all get screwed" ring quite true. An few old adage/maxims go like this
" In war everyone loses"
"The only people war hurts is those who get killed in it"
"In peace sons bury their fathers, in war fathers bury their sons"
"You live by the sword you die by the sword"
Basically the only "direct" cultural/social implication is death. Death of bodies, death of citys, death of nations, death of economys, death of the
land and its life *look at photos of WWI or WWII the devastation is total*
Death of All
That is true war
We should all be very thankful that our current modern wars are
1)Limited in scale
2)Conventional (as oppsosed to nuclear , chemical, biological)
3) Not in our own backyard
4) Have minor death tolls
Iraq war death tolls of 1600 usa, 20,000 to 50,000 iraqi ,
ill estimate 40,000 total to be fair;
in comparison to World War II
ive seen many estimates in the ballpark of 35-65 million
a fair estimate would be 50 million dead
post modern wars like today are minuture in comparison to the all out slaughter and hell-on-earth of yesterday
it was a bloodbath
todays wars in comparison are just minor skirmishes
the last big war to my knowledge was Rwanda where several million died
it didnt get half the coverage of this smaller iraq war
most people dont care about Africa for the most part; its very underlooked
The media can easily be blamed for that; they just dont care about Africa.
im going to end this here before i ramble everyone to idiocy lol...
great job ATS keep it up