Thursday, July 5, 2012

On Militainment and "Act of Valor"

Al Jazeera's "Listening Post" last week had a segment on "Act of Valor" - a box office hit that came out back in February - starring active duty Navy SEALs, using "real" equipment and tactics from the Pentagon itself, and shot during actual training sessions.

This comes a little late, perhaps, but is certainly worth revisiting in light of the patriotism high and all the hype surrounding the Fourth of July.

Just another movie? Recruitment video? Or propaganda?

Well, as it turns out, it's more of the latter two. Paid for by cinema-goers themselves. Yet, it has, apparently, inspired quite a bit of patriotism and has made it to the top of Daily Beast's "13 Most Patriotic Movies Ever".

Just sayin'...

For more on the subject, I suggest going back to a post from December 2010: "Militainment II: Hollywood, DoD, and America's 'Force for Good'".

Got the popcorn? The Coke? Now, sit back and enjoy...

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