Media In The Vietnam War Essay

1158 words - 5 pages

VIETNAM WAR ISSUES INVESTIGATIONTo what extent did the newly emerging media paint a negative picture of Australian Soldiers fighting the Vietnam War and fuel the growing anti-War movement of the late 60's and early 70's?The time in between the late 50's and early 60's had radically changed how and where people sourced their news. Televisions sales were rapidly increasing and news through the television was fast becoming extremely popular in homes, due to its convenience and ease of viewing. Everyone could now watch what was happening on the other side of the world, live in the comfort of their own living room. At this same point in time, America and Australia were beginning to send its first troops in to Vietnam, in what was going to become their longest war. The Vietnam War was going to be the first and last war with no media censorship; where the public could see the entirety of the war unfold in their living room, every horrific detail live without review from the Army. As a result, the Vietnam War had tough opposition and had sparked disrespect to the soldiers that fought in Vietnam from both the American and Australian public. Horrific pictures, like the Napalm girl, naked and traumatised; and news and pictures of the My Lai massacre, shocked the public and triggered massive antiwar protests that masked the heroism and bravery of the Australian Soldiers.[1: Edwards, P "Australia and the Vietnam War"]The widespread media coverage showing the use of weapons causing collateral damage, such as napalm, sparked public opposition for the Vietnam War. Napalm creates a jelly-like substance that, when ignited, sticks to practically anything and burns up to ten minutes. The effects of napalm on the human body are unbearably painful and almost always cause death among its victims. Water boils at 212°F. Napalm generates temperatures 1,500°F to 2,200°F. So, when people saw the picture of Kim Phuc (see figure 1), known as the 'Napalm Girl', they were outraged. The picture showed a nine-year old girl, whose village had just been bombed with napalm. She was naked and was screaming, as she ran down the road, away from her burning Vietnamese village with sticky blobs of napalm melting her skin when the picture was taken. The picture of the Napalm Girls is a symbol of how the media fuelled the public's anti-war attitude and disrespect towards the soldiers during the Vietnam War.[2: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2012/jun/02/girl-vietnam-napalm-photo-peace]Figure 1: The Symbolic Picture of the Napalm Girl. 4News of the horrifying My Lai Massacre showing explicit and graphic footage shocked and disgusted viewers and further intensified their anti-war sentiment. The My Lai massacre was the greyest day in America's military history, American soldiers were on a search and destroy mission to root out any Vietcong in the area but the unit met no resistance in My Lai. Instead, they found four villagers eating their breakfast. The unit killed as many as...

Find Another Essay On Media in the Vietnam war

A Critical Comparison Of The Role Of The Media During The War In Vietnam And World War 2.

2666 words - 11 pages conflicts that I am going to compare will be the war in Vietnam, which has long been argued, was lost by the American media, and also the Second World War.Firstly I am going to discuss the origins of the war reporter, and how this has evolved and changed over time and how this may be relevant to differences in the reporting of the two conflicts.The role of a war correspondent was first coined during the Crimean war in the mid nineteenth century. (Russell

P.O.W.s in the Vietnam War Essay

956 words - 4 pages P.O.W.s in the Vietnam War The Vietnam war, also called the Indochina War , may be said to have started in 1957 when Communist-led rebels began mounting terrorists attacks against the government of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). The rebel forces, commonly called the Vietcong, were later aided by troops of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). American combat personnel were formally committed to the defense of the

Australia in the Vietnam War

1583 words - 6 pages Australia first became a part of the Vietnam War effort in July 1962, when we sent over the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV). Our involvement in the war can ultimately be contributed to two major points, which are the our alliance with the United States as well as the fear of communism reaching Australia and seizing control of our nation. The Introduction of the “National Service Scheme” (Conscription) In 1964 caused a major uproar

The Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War

1086 words - 4 pages January 31, 1968 marks the new lunar year for the Vietnamese and also the start of the Tet offensive. This crucial offensive is considered the turning point of the Vietnam War. This series of battles can be best understood by examining the events that led up to the conflict, the strategies and principles applied in the battle, and end results of the movement. Throughout the second half of 1967 the government had become anxious due to reports

The Australian Experience in the Vietnam War.

2954 words - 12 pages Between 1962 and 1972, Vietnam was the battleground for Australia's largest war commitment to date. No other issue in Australian society has seen as much controversy for so long as the question and wisdom of the Australian involvement in the Vietnam War. During this ten-year period, many protest movements arose and questioned this involvement and the suffering it was causing, not only on Australians but also on the local Vietnamese. An end to

The Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War

2634 words - 11 pages When asked about the United States’ involvement in Vietnam Charles de Gaulle responded by saying, “I predict… that you will, step by step, be sucked into a bottomless military and political quagmire” (Wills 29). The Vietnam War should have been negotiated to an end and troops removed directly following the Tet Offensive, because by that time, it was made evident that further fighting would only cause more unnecessary harms. Often in history

The US Involvement in The Vietnam War

1117 words - 4 pages The Vietnam War was one of the worst wars in the United States history. The reason for the United States involvement was due to the start of communism in North Vietnam. The citizens in South Vietnam feared the control of North Vietnam and were worried that the north would take control of the south. The communist North Vietnam had support from the Soviet Union and China, making the South Vietnamese vulnerable to the north. In their time of

The American Experience in Vietnam War

1014 words - 4 pages obvious that Communist forces were far stronger than the media proclaimed, It made the brutality of the war very visible to Americans because the media was showing the battle live to the public. Also, the total number of US soldiers was highly copious. The war in Vietnam was the most unpopular war ever fought by the U.S. government. Opposition to it grew into an anti-war movement. The civil rights movement at the same period of time, created

United States' Involvement in the Vietnam War

1173 words - 5 pages United States' Involvement in the Vietnam War There are many reasons for American intervention in Vietnam whether it is political causes, economic causes or military causes. The Americans want to secure capitalism all over the world and get rid of communism. The French used to run Vietnam in a capitalist manner. After the Second World War France attempted to secure and control Vietnam once more. France refused to

Australian involvement in the vietnam war.

2956 words - 12 pages Between 1962 and 1972, Vietnam was the battleground for Australia?s largest war commitment to date. No other issue in Australian society has seen as much controversy for so long as the question and wisdom of the Australian involvement in the Vietnam War. During this ten-year period, many protest movements arose and questioned this involvement and the suffering it was causing, not only on Australians but also on the local Vietnamese. An end to

Austraila's Involvment in the Vietnam War

1024 words - 4 pages Why did Australia become involved in the Vietnam War? Australia first came involved in the Vietnam conflict in 1962 when the Australian Government sent a team of thirty army advisers to help train the South Vietnamese Army for its fight against the NLF guerrillas. At the same time a squadron of Royal Australian Air Force fighters were sent to nearby Thailand. While the alliance with the USA was becoming increasingly important, Australia still

Similar Essays

Media Coverage Of The Vietnam War

1497 words - 6 pages Vietnam and the Medias Coverage of It Vietnam is unlike any war ever fought, unlike other war that we fought none before that brought so much controversy as to how it was covered by the media, it forever changed the way we the public looked at war. As technology evolved so did the ability to cover news. In the years prior to Vietnam there was only radio and television was not yet in every household, not to mention there

Media Coverage In The Vietnam War And The War On Iraq (2003)

890 words - 4 pages . In this essay, I shall compare the media coverage between the Vietnam War and Gulf War II. There are four areas to cover, which are the freedom of correspondents, embedding, the reliability and quality of the coverage. In the Vietnam War, the U.S. government gave war correspondents great freedom to move freely in combat zones, to report whatever they wanted and they didn't require any military vetting (Evans 2003). This freedom resulted a vast

What Role Did The American Media Play In The Vietnam War

2248 words - 9 pages because of safety concerns—frequent occurrences of road-side bombs, combat fire from the enemy, and many other reasons. With two thirds of American adults relying on television media, this was a concern, for a lack of American media coverage lead to an uneducated population of American citizens. In contrast to the lack of American media coverage in the Afghan War, coverage of the Vietnam War was abundant. The Vietnam War was the largest war in United

The Role Of Media In Vietnam.

652 words - 3 pages past and once again the media controlled the emotions of the U.S. during the Vietnam War. Even to this day, media can misconstrue events and cause major uproar in the public. Most recently, the magazine Newsweek published an article in its magazine describing how U.S. interrogators destroyed the Koran in a Muslim prison. This was not true but the media printed it despite actual intelligence. Also the release of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal also