Discuss the effects of the narcotizing dysfunction on social behavior in the aftermath of the recent war in Iraq.
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One way to approach this question is to suggest that images and accounts of the war in Iraq, many of which emphasized chaos and disorder, did not lead to concerted calls to end the war. In fact, John Kerry, who advocated such a policy, lost the Presidential election in 2004. According to this theory, having been inundated with accounts of the war, many of which emphasized its complexity and the difficulty in altering its course, many Americans simply determined that there was nothing they could do to change the situation. At that point, it was no longer a major issue for them. How applicable this theory is to the Iraq conflict, is, of course, a matter of opinion. But the theory of narcotizing dysfunction remains influential in trying to understand the effects of mass culture in the era of the "24-hour news cycle."
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