• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Vietnam Question 2

Extracts from this document...


Vietnam Question 2 "The war on colour television screens in American living rooms has made Americans far more anti-war than anything else. The full brutality of the combat will be there in close-up and in colour, and blood looks very red on the colour television screen". The USA declared war on Vietnam at a time of evident mass media involvement. The technological progress that was made allowed the full ruthlessness war to be broadcast the people of America. As a result, the entire course of the war was dramatically changed. The images shown on the television consisted of distressing images which showed the full brutality of the war. Filming was not restricted, thus, all images were uncensored. This was a major problem due to the increasing number of American with access to television sets, receiving news of more and more casualties on both sides. The television sets became such powerful mediums due to the uncensored images and recorded coverage which horrified the American public. Source D can be regarded as North Vietnamese propaganda. It shows the US army surrounded in a jungle, waiting for a surprise attack. ...read more.


This is an indication of naivety of behalf of the soldiers. It seems that they were only going to Vietnam to be war heroes. They might not have known what the war was about, or even where Vietnam was. It was the fact that they wanted to show how "courageous" they were. This reinforces the idea of inexperience because they did not know the conditions or dangers of war. The repetition of the word "Nazi" in the 5th and 6th lines could be used deliberately in an emotive way, because the Nazi party was a Brutal regime which has little support. The language used by one of the soldier's friends can be interpreted as a way of justifying what happened at My Lai. This source is relatively reliable because it was written by an American soldier. However, there are elements of bias in the source and omitted factors which are very important to the subject in question. Source H is a cartoon published in the British magazine Punch in 1967. It shows the effects of President Johnson's war policy on the 'Great Society' - his vision to "feed and shelter the homeless... ...read more.


The film shows bloody scenes, which shows the full extent of the war and its consequences. This is a secondary source and is reliable. It shows both sides of the story, after all there is always "two sides to every story". However, there is no evidence of how the television influenced the premature end to the war. The film is from 1989 and the war occurred in the 1960s. Therefore, no American would have seen this film. In addition, this source is a film based on a true story. The film could be dismissed as propaganda because the directors had the benefit of hindsight while making the film. The sources discussed all indicate that the era of mass media involvement contributed to America losing the war. All the sources effectively change the minds of the American public. However, different techniques are used such as emotive language and pictures, cartoons that portray America as wasting money on Vietnam and propaganda. Other factors could have contributed to the loss of the war such as financial difficulties and conscientious objectors to the war. The Vietnamese guerrilla warfare tactic would have certainly added to the fear and help them win the war psychologically. In conclusion, the era of mass media involvement definitely contributed to the ending of the war, for "Truth is the first casualty of war". ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. Vietnam Coursework Sources Question

    Booby traps were set by the Viet Cong that caused horrific deaths and injuries to the unexpecting Americans. Examples of these traps were pits in the ground with spikes in that were covered up so one wrong step and a person would fall to their death.

  2. WW1 Sources Question: War Recruitment Propaganda.

    Sources F and G are unreliable sources of life in the trenches because they directly contradict all first hand accounts of life in the trenches; all historians are aware that the First World War was not a glorious and gallant battle but a slaughter of millions of men.b)

  1. The War on television screens in American living rooms has made Americans far more ...

    This is why we can say that the colour television was an important reason as to why the U.S lost the war in Vietnam. Source H is a British cartoon showing the costs of the Vietnam War. The train is aptly named; the U.S Economy and the workers in the

  2. "The war on colour television screens in American living rooms had made Americans far ...

    The cartoon's purpose was to reduce the morale of the American troops. This is not sufficient evidence that television lost the war because the American people wouldn't have seen this, though US troops in Vietnam would of. It would have been displayed in Vietnam, to reduce the morale of American

  1. Evaluation of key sources to address the question of increased tension

    The source is useful for many reasons, it shows Kennedy is actively researching and modifying the troops, he is taking sensible action and thinking things through which shows he takes the conflict very seriously. Kennedy obviously viewed the threat of communism to be great, he wanted to be actively involved.

  2. The U.S.A in Vietnam Sources Question

    In 1954 Americas became more directly involved in the affairs of Vietnam, they sent a party of 12 military advisors to help Diem, this was the first time America had sent troops to Vietnam. President Eisenhower also sent a massive amount of aid that was spent on military and security forces.

  1. World War One Sources Question

    Question 3 Study source D. Use your knowledge of the First World War to explain whether or not you think source D proves that Sources A and B were successful in persuading men to join the army. The photograph-Source D cannot prove to us that posters A and B were successful.

  2. The Mortar

    German military observers of the Russo-Japanese war left with a renewed respect for the mortar bombs they'd seen deployed. They began stockpiling mortars in the few years prior to the war and by the time war had hit, they had around 150 mortars available to them.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work