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March 25, 2003

Gil Scott-Heron coined "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." Evidently it will if it draws the right Nielson ratings.

Televised war is not necessarily new, Vietnam was the first. But now coverage is much more extensive and in real time.

It's fascinating but I'm afraid I find something wrong with it. I want to be disconnected from war. I want it to remain monstrous and out of touch and unpalatable. We worry about children becoming desensitized to violence via simulated mayhem. What of the real thing?

Besides, ultimately, the real purpose of television is not to inform but to persuade.