The new documentary made by Ken Burns has cause a bit of an uproar……the Vietnam War has brought up so many memories for some and some “who cares” attitudes in others…..but these people are the ones that spent the war stateside pick their nose and getting paper cuts infected so they could use the VA for the medical.
I have been posting on the war in various ways….I like both pros and cons…..and this piece in Consortium falls into the “con” column…..it is a critique of the doc and the director……
PBS’ “The Vietnam War” may show some of the conflict’s horrors but still soft-pedals the horrific war crimes that America inflicted on Vietnam, fitting with a corporate-dependent documentary project.
One of the most hyped “events” of American television, “The Vietnam War,” has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, “They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam War in an entirely new way.”
In a society often bereft of historical memory and in thrall to the propaganda of its “exceptionalism,” Burns’s “entirely new” Vietnam War is presented as an “epic, historic work.” Its lavish advertising campaign promotes its biggest backer, Bank of America, which in 1971 was burned down by students in Santa Barbara, California, as a symbol of the hated war in Vietnam.
I believe that having only one side of the conflict is disingenuous…..to understand the situation we need both sides….some have never left the paddies.