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War is a Deep Event

Austin Bay, the first speaker at the Milblogging Conference, is talking about Thucydides, the internet, and television.

He reports a conversation with (missed it, call him x):

"Television doesn't show what i see," x said.

Bay asked, "Is the trouble fox or cnn?"

"I don't like anyone of them," said another NCO.


"24-7 television does to war, crime, ...trials, disasters... what pornography does to sex, reduce them to repetitive tittilation.... War is a deep event. Sensation driven reporting is emotional and historical theft."