Quotes by Bruce Jackson

Bruce Jackson

Bruce Jackson

American folklorist, documentary filmmaker and writer

Alive from: 1936-

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    The mainstream media showed, for example, no blood and guts resulting from the 9/11 attacks.
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    The media bring our wars home, but only rarely have they been able to do it in complete freedom.
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    The U.S. government has in recent years fought what it termed wars against AIDs, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and terrorism. Each of those wars has budgets, legislation, offices, officials, letterhead - everything necessary in a bureaucracy to tell you something is real.
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    The US military still blames the media for stories and images that turned the American public against the war in Vietnam.
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    The web continues to be a source of important photographs you see nowhere else.
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    They say the death of a parent puts you in time because that means there's now no generation standing between you and ordinary death: you're next. I don't buy it.
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    Vietnam is often called our only uncensored war, but that only means that the government wasn't vetting the pictures and words.
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    War is big and there are only so many reporters and only so many places for their words and images to appear. Choices are made constantly.
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    We entered the 20th century trying to deal with three ideas purporting to define or describe or explain three spheres of action, development and conflict: Darwin on the natural world, Freud on the internal world, Marx on the economic world.
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    Well, I think everybody's a little jealous of the Vietnam Wall, even people from wars that already have good monuments. You have a monument like the Wall and nobody ever forgets your war, you can bet on that.
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    What is perhaps more worthy of note than how many tsunami dead we've seen, however, is how many other recent dead we have not seen.
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    When friends and lovers die and your world gets quieter; that's when the silence comes closer; that's when next isn't the least bit theoretical or abstract.
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    Which suggests something about media and war: it's not just that events happen and the media documents and presents them. There is a third element: what the public is ready to accept, what the public wants to know.
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    You've gotten words about those American and Iraqi deaths and mutilations, but precious few images.
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