Members of the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team travelling in a convoy through southern Iraq on their way to Basra International Airport. Credit: Joe Amditis (2009).

Trust, media, and propaganda

Tell the same lie enough times and people will eventually start to believe it

Support the Troops™

“Globally, more people see U.S. power and influence as a major threat.” Pew Research Center (2017).

1. The military promotes values like honesty, accountability, and self-sacrifice.
2. Popular culture shows the military in positive light.
3. Military people don’t brag — they act.
4. The military learns from its mistakes.

Taking accountability seriously

A photo of me (back) and one of my battle buddies during pre-deployment mobilization training in 2008.

The military in popular culture

Military people don’t brag

The military learns from its mistakes

1. The ongoing epidemic of sexual harassment and assault against women serving in the military

2. The military’s abhorrent treatment of homosexual and transgender service members

3. The Vietnam War

Good morning, propaganda

Screenshot: “Ranks of Notorious Hate Group Include Active-Duty Military” by A.C. Thompson, Ali Winston, and Jake Hanrahan for

This isn’t even good propaganda

Joe is the associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University and the host of the WTF Just Happened Today? podcast.

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