“Forgetting Fallujah” challenges the institutional memory of Fallujah advanced in “US Marines.” For most people, the understanding of war is based entirely on media images (Schwalbe, 2006; Sontag, 2003). This essay, like the work of Jackie Orr (2016) is a salvo in an ideological struggle to re-signify the meaning of Fallujah. The invasion of Fallujah was more severe for civilians than the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, yet Fallujah caused almost no public outcry because it lacked visual evidence and went uncovered by mainstream American media (Entman, 2006). Covert silence in “US Marines” demonstrates that digital memory is easily manipulated and just as prone to abuse as biological memory. It is therefore imperative that every American remember Fallujah.
Jarvis, Jason L.
"FORGETTING FALLUJAH: COVERT SILENCE, DIGITAL PUBLIC MEMORY AND THE CIVILIAN CONSEQUENCES OF OPERATION PHANTOM FURY IN IRAQ,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 4:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol4/iss2/6
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