Published on May 26, 2012
Playlist: Operation Hollywood: How The Pentagon Shapes & Censors The Movies
"studios in the post-Top Gun era instituted an unstated rule telling screenwriters & directors to get military cooperation "or forget about making the picture.", 25 years later, how 'Top Gun' made America love war
-- U.S. Army Commercial Targets PG13 XMen Audience
-- The Pentagon Channel presents "The Reel Military. Straight from the war-horses mouth.
-- Act Of Valor Film Described As 'Beyond Propaganda'
-- Nobel Peace laureates vs NBC scandalous reality show
Politics & Hollywood's images are linked. They reinforce one another. Policy enforces mythical images; mythical images help enforce policy. Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, has said, quote, "Washington & Hollywood spring from the same DNA," end-quote. - JACK SHAHEEN, director of
Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
From the documentary, "Hollywood & The War Machine", Michael Moore, on the reason people haven't gone to see films with an anti-war bent as of late:
"We know we're complicit in this.
We know that our tax dollars are going to fund the killing of civilians,
using predator drones now in Pakistan to kill innocent civilians.
And after working hard all week to go to the movie theater on a Friday night and be reminded that you are a part of the
Playlist: Returning Fire: Interventions In Video Game Culture
-- Army Training Video Games Tech In Kids Homes Today
"60-70% of Army Video Game Simulation Technology in Our Kids Homes Today", (like CryEngine 3)! ~
Military contractor, Intelligent Decisions Director, Floyd West
-- Army Trains W/ Call Of Duty
"It's a great training product. I've had 'em link the Xboxes together and the sergeant will actually train his teams with the Modern Warfare game." ~ Call of Duty representative, lead military adviser, lieutenant colonel, Hank Keirsey
-- Army PR & Video Games @ Elementary Schools!
(six in ten current US soldiers entered the military as teenagers)
-- GamePro: Video Games Are Most Effective Army Recruitment Tool
-- Sony Trademarked Shock & Awe Amid Iraq War ~ Militainment: Rise Of The Video Game
Sony was founded by a former naval lieutenant named Akio Morita and a defense contractor named Masaru Ibuka.
FedEx and Pepsi Are Top Defense Contractors? 5 Corporate Brands Making a Killing on America's Wars (Sony)
-- Microsoft Flight Simulator & US Army Business Partnership
(Lawmakers heavily invested in defense) (Microsoft)
-- Halo As Official Tool For Army Recruitment & PR
-- Sega produced training simulator for Lockheed-Martin
SErvice GAmes:"Air Force vet David Rosen founds company, makes (pro)military commercial and simulation games to this day.
-- Atari's Battlezone & US Army Business Partnership
In the 1960s, The Inventor of video games Ralph Baer worked for defense contractor Sanders Associates.
Sanders licensed the technology to Magnavox, which introduced the Odyssey system in 1972.
-- US Army Commercial Targets Video Gamers
-- Violent Games Harm Children's Brains - Study(s)
-- Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Every year, Hollywood producers ask the Pentagon for help in making films, seeking everything from locations and technical advice to Blackhawk helicopters and nuclear-powered submarines. The military will happily oblige, it says in an army handbook, so long as the movie "aid[s] in the recruiting and retention of personnel."
The producers want to make money; the Defense Department wants to make propaganda. Former Hollywood Reporter staffer Robb explores the conflicts resulting from these negotiations in this illuminating though sometimes tedious study of the military-entertainment complex over the last 50 years. Robb shows how, in the Nicholas Cage film Windtalkers, the Marine Corps strong-armed producers into deleting a scene where a Marine pries gold teeth from a dead Japanese soldier (a historically accurate detail).
At its worst, the author argues, the Pentagon unscrupulously targets children; Robb reveals how the Defense Department helped insert military story lines into the Mickey Mouse Club. To help, Robb suggests a schedule of uniform fees by which producers could rent aircraft carriers, F-16s & the like. It's an intriguing idea, though producers can go it alone: as Robb points out, blockbusters Forrest Gump, An Officer & a Gentleman & Platoon were all made without military assistance.
Psalm 11:5,34:14 Bless!