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Images of War

Updated on February 28, 2018
This is a picture of myself and my good friend Corporal Gregory Smith. This picture was taken in a Southeast asian country where we were providing humanitarian aid for locals affected boy a typhoon.
This is a picture of myself and my good friend Corporal Gregory Smith. This picture was taken in a Southeast asian country where we were providing humanitarian aid for locals affected boy a typhoon.

Effects of showing Images of War

I do not believe that there is a set guideline with displaying images from war. There are both positive and negative effects with sharing images from war with the public in my opinion.

In today's social media crazed world there is a plethora of places to view such images. With all these effects that are brought by displaying images and the potential response from the public I believe essentially it should be up to the individual to view them. If people want to see them they should be able to do some research and see for themselves. Some viewers made not be able to handle the raw footage or may be too young and impressionable for the content.

When it comes to deaths in combat I believe those should never be displayed. That service member is a son, a daughter, father, or a mother. If an image off their most vulnerable moment is on full display for the world to see it would be unfair for the people closest to that military member. I personally would not want to see it if it was someone close to me, nor would I want random strangers to be able to see it.

Images of war could also be a positive in their message. For example, when i was in the Marines we would execute humanitarian missions to war torn areas to provide food and medical aid to those people who were caught in the middle of the war. Seeing images of that would help educate the public in other aspects of war and how it is not just about death and destruction but helping people heal. The top picture displays just that. We were providing aid and food for those affected by natural disasters such as typhoons.

I personally believe that some images of war should be censored. The general public is too wide an audience for there not to be a negative reaction to such images. Sadly enough, in this day in age, we also have to worry about some sensitive images motivating some people to reenact these horrible moments in time in war. You can never gauge how a person will react to such things so its hard to make the broad decision to show them.

As with most topics that are controversial, i do not believe there is a set answer of yes or no for should images of war be censored. I believe that it is up to the individual person to be able to do their own research and see what helps them understand and appreciate what our service members go through to ensure our freedom.

Humanity of the Service member

The photograph above is a gut wrenching reminder that our service members are also people too. I feel like sometimes the public has a hard time relating to a military member. This could be for several reasons but the the biggest ones i think are because they do not know what its like to be a service member and also because they may not see photographs like this. Seeing this image reminds citizens that military members are just every day people like themselves who are trying to help protect and make the world a better place.


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