Saturday, May 15, 2004

'The Control Room'

This NYT article begins by contrasting Pfcs Lynch and England. The age old angel/whore characters make their war cameos.

But more specifically, the article is about images. About spin. About controlling and shaping information. From Al-Jazeera to Fox News - perhaps far apart in message, the two are tactically twins.

And our role? "[W]e were very good at feigning ignorance about our own propaganda while decrying Al Jazeera's fictionalizations."

How much of this war has come down to questions of images? Not even the images themselves, but rather their veracity, their stories. We are a nation obsessed by process. Form over substance. Method drowning out the madness.

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