Message of military recruiting TV ads is that violence is cool
While watching the NCAA playoffs on TV a very violent ad appeared many times. It had music and action. It showed weapons and rockets being fired. Jets swooped. Tanks and soldiers ran across an open area.
The message was clear to me -- violence is cool. Violence is exhilarating. Violence is like a sport. Violence is how the USA solves conflicts. This ad is paid for by the taxpayers and watched by all age groups. The Few, The Proud . . . they do it best. Wave the flag!
I was in the Army, infantry, Vietnam. As I reflect on my experience and observe the continual promotion of violence in this county, it is not surprising to me that weapons are the first choice of many and murder is so pervasive. It looks so cool. It looks so exhilarating. It like a sport -- until you see the “score” first hand, and smell the results.
It should be about basketball, not violence.