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The Living Room War

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The Living Room War
Learn how the Vietnam War was the first major conflict to appear on people's televisions every night, as the conflict escalated in tandem with the rise of television news reportage. The constant and relentless images of skirmishes and raids descending into sheer brutality presented the news of war in a different light, and the futility of many missions led spectators around the world to question the tactics and motivations of the US involvement. Watch original news reports from the era and see how this became a 'living room war,' in which it became clear that confusion and disarray took hold of many operations. How did this news coverage affect the public image of war, and how did the various responses to it shape the way of conflict as we know it today?moreless

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