Monday, March 9, 2009

"Fallen Soldiers"

1) What's the article about? Summarize it. 2) How does the story connect to our journalism class and journalism as a profession in general? 3) What questions does the story leave you with after reading it? List at least two.

The article,Fallen Soldiers, Coming Home in Public, by Katharine Q. Seeyle a writer for the New York Times discusses the controversial topic of whether or not the return of "fallen soldiers" should be public or private and the ban that was recently lifted on photography of said soldiers coming through Dover Air Force in Delaware.
This story connects to our journalism class in general and journalism as a profession in general because photography is a large part of journalism. Pictures capture the true essence of articles and the story's that go with them and without that words can only do so much.
The questions that this story leaves with me are, by controlling our perception of war isn't the government lying to us? Why should the identities of the fallen be hidden?


  1. I realized after I pushed post to my blog that I didn't write about putting this censorship on what we can and can't see in our country that they really are holing things back to us when we should really have the right to see what happens to our fellow americans is like them lying to us. There is so much that we do not see, shouldn't we however? Shouldn't we all work together with things like this, by holding it back is it really helping anyone? I've never understood that, how can that make for a good positive place for us to work and live as a whole? Nice job at writing about it!

  2. Your comments on the government's control of perception is an Orwellian (see '1984') theme. Great thinking, and I noticed that trend in your comments to other staff members' blog entries as well. Try to be a bit more elaborate in your OWN blog, though. Nice job overall!