Archive for April, 2008

Vietnam – a TV War?

A colleague mentioned something the other day:

When people talk about the Vietnam War as the first television war, that actually means that each night around 5 minutes of war coverage were broadcast (I havent researched this myself – but trust my colleague research and will check on it soon).

5 minutes! Now consider what we mean with television war today – the 24/7 Newschannels, the constant broadcasts and blips on the other channels, additional audiovisual resources online and on and on.

You can probably say that back then people in the US were seeing pretty much the same war. I wonder whether the constant repitition of the same pictures and pieces of information in the (audiovisual) media today still make that possible?