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Lecture 17

Political Science 2142A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Mr. Potato Head, Tet Offensive, Action Figure


Department
Political Science
Course Code
Political Science 2142A/B
Professor
Alison Meek
Lecture
17

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LECTURE – VIETNAM IN FILM AND TELEVISION
AMERICAS LONGEST WAR
o58k deaths, one of the most divisive wars in American history
no set rationale for fighting
presidents made clear who the enemy was, and to stop aggression, but
here they were never able to define who the enemy was and what they
were fighting against, exactly
opart of attaining its credibility in winning the Cold War
entered to aid the French, but US gradually escalated
involvement
wasn’t a lot of uproar in entering Vietnam
TET OFFENSIVE
o1968
ocampaign of surprise attacks
Tet holiday – Vietnamese new year
Images on tv and print shocked the nation
America really believed their presidents and the news
that America was winning the war
oShift from supporting to a more critical stance
AMERICANS SUPPORTED WAR
oNotion in the American psyche
Incredibly popular
TOYS;
oMR POTATO HEAD
FIRST TOY PROFESSIONALLY ADVERTISED ON
TELEVISION
George Learner – innocent toys – let children learn
and play about vegetables
1952
first year of production – Hasbro (family owned
production company)
$4M in earnings
expanded – married, spud children, accessories, etc.
1964 – acquired the full potato body
oG.I. JOE
Government Issued Joe
Army, navy, air force, and marines
Rugged look – scar on cheek, based on a composite
of 20 medal of honour winners
21 movable parts, 12 inches tall
accessories – sold separately
huge killing – success
oALWAYS MARKETED AS AN ACTION
FIGURE
Made clear that this was an action figure
that enforced and ensured masculinity
o1965 – Negro Joe – only marketed in the North
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