From the Atomic Bomb to the Predator Drone: U.S. Media and the Framing of Military Innovation
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The U.S. media is one of the nation’s most powerful agents. The media largely determines what information is conveyed to the public and is also responsible for the way in which that information is framed. For this reason, the media exercises a considerable amount of control over American public opinion. For the purpose of this paper, I study primarily the mainstream American broadcast media, its relationship with the U.S. government, and its influence over the American people. I argue that the mainstream news media influences American perception of new military technology, specifically forms of aerial bombardment. I use the atomic bomb, napalm, and the Predator drone as case studies because the invention of these weapons marks key innovation in U.S. aerial bombardment technology. The U.S. media shaped public opinion regarding each of these technologies. I also explore how dominant imagery of the atomic bomb, napalm, and the Predator drone shapes public opinion.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2015
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