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Activists Online (7/99)

The onward march of new communications technologies has a profound impact on the way that warfare is perceived and conducted — and opposed. The US Civil War, the first to be fought with the means for killing produced by the Industrial Revolution, was also the first extensively photographed war. Matthew Brady’s haunting images of corpses piled in front of the guns at Antietam and Gettysburg brought the harsh realities of modern warfare to those at home who previously depended on charcoal sketches and word pictures. The photographs helped to undermine some of the false romantic notions about battlefield combat accepted by many at the time. read more