War and the Media

This book contains a series of essays on war and its long-standing relationship with media.

The first essay is in regards to protest music acting as an alternate form of counter-culture media during the days of the Vietnam War. Namely music by the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Paul Ochs, among others.

I don’t recall if Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” was mentioned in this article, but it made me want to listen to that song, as I know I’d heard of it before, and it was definitely fit the category of protest song.

A later essay concerns itself with the US Treasury working with comic book publishers in trying to get children to collect war stamps. This was an interesting essay, but it failed to answer one question I had: Were the War Victory Comics given to children for free, or did they have to buy them?

This may not seem important, but given the timeframe of the 1940s, I think this is an important question, would a child who just survived the Great Depression really spend ten cent on a comic book?

Another essay I found of note is the one about the General Purpose vehicle, or Jeep. They actually made documentaries about the Jeep that today could be seen as being a commercial, even though no new cars were made for personal consumption during the war. People would have to wait until after the war to get their new Jeeps. This campaign also served as a bit of propaganda. It made people want to rush out and buy this new vehicle as soon as it came available, in order to help bolster the post-war economy.

In all, this was a very interesting book.

Official website for the book.

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