Pick of the Day: Keeping the war in view
It can be hard writing about war when no one gives a damn. That might be a bit strong, but after eight years, it can seem as if every war story has been done, covered to death. Two wars have strained our military, but also journalists’ ability to tell original stories. War is hell, we get it, and full of terrible acronyms—PTSD, IED, TBI—we’d prefer never entered the lexicon. Editors have gone numb. Readers turn the page. Hollywood flees at the sight of an Iraq War script. "The Hurt Locker" may have cleaned up at the Oscars, but it was a far different story at the box office.
Still, it’s an important story. Perhaps the story. And if journalists don’t cover them, a pair of wars that are already in our blind spot will fall even deeper into oblivion. Fighting war out of public view is a dangerous prospect. So journalists have to be smart, creative and original; we have to tell stories that grab people’s attention and make them look even when they don’t want to. So look at these pictures in the New York Times and read these words. Not because you have to, but because they are moving and artful, sad and real—and, perhaps, above all, original. Join in on the “terrible secret.”
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