Alternative Media and Representations of War
Rulers have been sending soldiers off to war to fight and kill for thousands of years and continue to do so in order to extend their power and control over resources, territory, and trade. However, research done after World War II by US Army Brigadier General S. L. A. Marshall showed that getting soldiers to shoot and kill their fellow men and women is not as natural as war films and statistics might suggest. Marshall found that for every one hundred soldiers fighting in World War II, only 15 or 20 soldiers actually fired their weapons at the enemy (Marshall 1950).
KeywordsMainstream Medium Dominant Ideology American Soldier Film Festival Military Policy
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