Casualties of War
The stories we tell about war tend to glorify it, with clear heroes and villains who direct war by abstract strategy. The reality of war, especially in its 21st century form, is best understood in its effects on everyday people. Though these people often do not choose war, they are exposed to its unthinkable outcomes: massacre, torture, rape, famine, displacement. By focusing on the victims, this volume challenges our often comfortable distance from conflict. The articles within highlight our mutual responsibility to end such conflicts, and showcase the tools we have built to limit their worst excesses. Media literacy questions and terms further challenge readers to assess how journalistic principles are applied to the coverage of war and those affected by it.