Have you noticed the creeping war drums beating in popular culture? Well one media maker has, and in response to the militarization of pop, has produced a video called Militainment Inc for your downloading pleasure. The video is a 2 hour exposé of the collusion/collaboration between the two not-so-distant cousins, the military and entertainment industries. Roger Stahl, while writing his book, Militainment Inc, decided to write, produce and narrate a quilted video of interviews, news clips and popular entertainment segments, mostly taken from American television and film industries. The result is a compelling nine part series designed for educators in their efforts to disseminate a counternarrative to the Military Entertainment Industrial Complex. Stahl describes the project:
Militainment, Inc. is a nine-part critical investigation of the militarization of popular culture. The pieces of the puzzle – from video games to reality TV – combine to form a larger picture of the integration of entertainment and military affairs. The film asks: How has war taken its place as an entertainment spectacle? and What does this mean for the ability of our democracy to consider this most destructive of human activities?