Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Cost of War

As we have discussed in class the Civil War was the deadliest in American history costing hundreads of thousands of lives. It was also one of the first wars where the bodies of fallen soldiers were photographed. The following clips differ greatly in their depection of war and raise some interesting questions.

Would you have enlisted after seeing this video? Do you think this director was for or against the war? What music did the director choose for this scene? Why don't you see dead bodies?

How do your feelings about the cost of the war differ after watching this clip compared to the first? Should photographers been allowed to profit from the carnage of the war? How has TV, the internet, and media further changed perceptions of war today?