"Embedded" reporters sending
jumpy images via videophones. Executions of hostages
posted on the Web. Bloggers on the battlefield. Al-Jazeera
on the desktops and TV screens of U.S audiences.
the War in Vietnam was the first "television war," then
the war in Iraq is the first American war of the global
Internet Age. Technological advances, economic developments,
political transformations, and other changes of the day
are evident in the way war news is gathered, transmitted,
received, and interpreted.
The news media have become
part of the story, as evidenced by the many books, articles,
documentaries, and reports chronicling, analyzing, and
criticizing the coverage of the war.
media's role in American military conflicts - and controversy about
it - isn't new, of course. As early as the war for American independence,
George Washington both relied on newspapers for information and worried
about how much they revealed. "It is much to be wished," he fretted, "that
our Printers were more discreet in many of their Publications."1
The exhibit on display in the
lobby of O'Neill Library draws on the print and electronic
collections of the O'Neill Library to look at the changing
role of news media in wartime, from revolutionary times
to the present, and their impact on how Americans have
perceived, conducted, argued about, and remembered their
online companion to the exhibit features links to videos,
online articles, Web sites, and other sources not included
in the O'Neill Library display. Some of the sources,
as noted, are accessible to the BC community only.
1 - Humphrey,
C. S. (1992) "This popular engine": New England newspapers
during the American Revolution, 1775-1789. (p. 100).
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated