The show attracted over a hundred million viewers which were a big achievement during a time when technology was not as robust as it is today (Rosenheck & Thomson, 1986). Since then, it is right to conclude that the technology did not stagnate. Television shows and films that are based on ‘a true story’ are still famous and do very well in the theaters.
During and before the war in Vietnam, films based on crime and horrific actions of governments were not famous in the mainstream media. Adopting the Vietnam War into a film was therefore not very easy. However, the fact that there were so many controversies surrounding the war attracted attention from producers who felt that they needed to bring some ‘action’ into their production. Today, there are countless films that are based on true events from all over the world. The recent 12 years a slave and The Last King of Scotland are definite examples of how the mainstream media has evolved into appreciating the films that are based on true events. In other words, the innovation that the Vietnam War sparkled in the entertainment industry is formidable. The Impacts of the Vietnam War on the United States of America.
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