February 24, 2006

It's Exactly The Same, Except We've Occupied Hanoi And Captured Ho Chi Minh

So I find out from Digg that MIT has made a huge collection of video lectures available online. Naturally, I start poking through them, and a lot of them look interesting, especially this one and this one and this one (especially since dude is the chief scientist for BP and he says “It’s really about reducing use if you want to save energy, not about efficiency.”).

And then I stumbled across one by Chomsky:

In this bitter commemoration of the end of the Vietnam War, the speakers dispel any comforting notion that Americans have absorbed lessons from that bloody time, much less sought the truth.

. . .

Chomsky scoffs at the view, circulated at least among Iraq-focused media, that the public has a Vietnam fixation. “There’s no concern, let alone obsession, about what actually happened in Vietnam,” says Chomsky.

Chomsky is actually correct that the public doesn't have a Vietnam fixation, but the media sure does. Look here and here and here and here (I especially like that one - it declared 'quagmire' on March 31, 2003!) and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and, well, you get the idea...

[Hat tip for the title goes to Art Fougner of Flushing, N.Y. via Brutally Honest]

Posted by Chris at February 24, 2006 05:11 PM

Category: Media Stupidity