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Is the availability of being able to view violent war footage a good or bad thing?

While television news programs rarely show horrific war footage, on the Internet you can see as much of the carnage as you can handle.

Sociologist and occasional Atlantic Tech contributor Zeynep Tufekci has written that she herself has had to stop looking at graphic photographs and footage, but that its availability is a good thing:

I am firmly of the opinion that the massive censorship of reality and images of this reality by mainstream news organizations from their inception has been incredibly damaging. It has severed this link of common humanity between people "audiences" in one part of the world and victims in another. This censorship has effectively relegated the status of other humans to that of livestock, whose deaths we also do not encounter except in an unrecognizable format in the supermarket.


Asked by tasches at 2:40 PM on Apr. 6, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • i wouldnt watch it , it wouldnt do me any good to see that , i am anti-war

    Answer by letstalk747 at 2:44 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • I think it's a good thing. Most Americans have no idea what a war actually means. Most have never seen what it looks like and never experienced it's consequences making it too easy to choose to engage in war. Being able to see what it's like gives a little more perspective and can help people make a more responsible decision.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:18 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • I just watched a video of a terrorist blowing himself up.

    Answer by Carpy at 5:53 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • You can see what real war is from WW ll on NTGEO and the Military channel.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 11:10 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • No. For a few reasons. It would cause too much upset, possibly hysteria, outrage. People won't understand, there will be parts that just aren't shown because they can't possibly show everything. It's like telling part of a story, and someone not getting it because important parts are left out. Also, could you imagine younger kids having easier access to viewing it? I know all about people should better censor what their kids watch, but kids get around that sometimes. And there are those that just don't censor, and those kids will tell others.
    There may also be those that see just a little bit and decide they know exactly what is going on, and spread rumors and start all kinds of crap, when they have no clue. That crap spreads like wild fire. It makes things harder to bear. It's hard enough when our husbands are deployed and the news is on, and they talk about a crash/attack. We sit and look for their name, or face.

    Answer by Raine2001 at 2:53 PM on Apr. 6, 2011