There is a belief in the mythology of American culture that Americans love peace. And yet, if you look closely in most of the American popular culture media there is reflected there the engines of war. Whether the stories of conflict are with Americans as heroes or villains, whether the stories are told with a partisan bent, the availability of product to fulfill the interest for action, adventure, war or, frankly, revenge, is immense. The quality of such offerings differs, of course, but there is a growing sophistication in the telling of stories, even as Americans have been in wars of different sorts for nearly the last 20 years.
I believe it could be argued that America has created an industry of war. Oh hell, that has been argued. Do I think it is wrong? Am I a pussy saying, oh war is so terrible, boo hoo...? What I am saying is, Americans like to believe that they do not love war, but the availability of media with war as the subject is vast and unapologetically so. That to me seems to be a disconnect. And I think we should be aware of how much war and violence pervades our culture. I am not saying Americans are not moral. There is a connection between war and morality though, and you have to ask yourself how much war is necessary, and how much could be avoided by diplomacy.
COMICS: MEN OF WAR
VIDEO GAMES: MEDAL OF HONOR
BOOKS: SEAL TEAM SIX
FILM: ZERO DARK THIRTY