Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture.
The fact that the Arctic, more than any other populated region of the world, requires the collaboration of so many disciplines and points of view to be understood at all, is a benefit rather than a burden.
It is not at all clear how much the media influences public opinion and how much public opinion influences the media.
Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us.
What is perhaps more worthy of note than how many tsunami dead we've seen, however, is how many other recent dead we have not seen.
The U.S. government has in recent years fought what it termed wars against AIDs, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and terrorism. Each of those wars has budgets, legislation, offices, officials, letterhead - everything necessary in a bureaucracy to tell you something is real.
War is grounded in the notion of triumph and defeat. It is zero-sum.
The key fact missed most often by social scientists utilizing documentary films for data, is this: documentary films are not found or reported things; they're made things.
Well, I think everybody's a little jealous of the Vietnam Wall, even people from wars that already have good monuments. You have a monument like the Wall and nobody ever forgets your war, you can bet on that.
Books can now be on the stands within days from delivery of a formatted manuscript, and often are.
Documentary films are created in an inverted funnel of declining possibility.
For governments at war, the media is an instrument of war or an element in war that is to be controlled.
The mainstream media showed, for example, no blood and guts resulting from the 9/11 attacks.
Filmmakers who use narrators pay a price for taking the easy way: narrated films date far more quickly than films without narrators.
The media bring our wars home, but only rarely have they been able to do it in complete freedom.
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