Thursday, April 15, 2004

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

Jame Lileks complains today that there are no movies about the Gulf War or Iraq or 9/11.

I think I know why.

In WW2 the "news" was heavily filtered and came primarily through newspapers and radio. People sort of knew what happened, but had no visuals to speak of -- only still photos and the newsreels at the movies. No one really knew "what it was like". Movies put us there, but in an unreal way, so we could see the horror, but know that it was just a movie and those dead guys were actors.

With the Gulf War and Iraq War (not to mention 9/11), we all lived it, sometimes real time. We saw it. We heard it. The only thing we didn't do was smell or touch it. We saw real people die. That's why there aren't any movies. We already know what happened. We saw what was REAL, not special effects.


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