Thursday, August 05, 2004

This is the first I’ve heard of this “writing the wartime experience” project. Josh writes “That is, the direct good done by giving the soldiers writing as a kind of safety valve does indirect evil by making them into more flexible weapons of war, less likely to malfunction or go haywire after use.” I think the organizers of this project are not thinking this deeply or really considering the therapeutic value of writing at all. They probably are most interested in culling those samples written for good propaganda, that’s all. Hudgins and Mason are probably unaware of their servicing the propaganda needs of the military by offering their names as legitimizing agents of what the army may produce from what is produced.

Am I being too cynical? Can one be?

Ok, now I'm back to no more politics again.

I thought the same thing when I heard this, but also thought, nah I'm being too cynical. I think I agree wholeheartedly with your take. But I also think that they will ultimately reap what they have sown, and when these poor souls get home, some eye-opening literature will be written.
I had the same thought--that out of this, someone is probably going to write something great. Jessica Lynch, for example, eventually got her real experience out past the billboard.
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