When you convince the people living safely near the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that nuclear energy isn’t “expensive and risky” and that “the
technology has an incredible safety and reliability record” and “an almost
untapped potential for serious cost reductions” of those assertions, I’ll agree to more radiation sickness centers in the model you seem to be advocating. (oh, right, sorry- there aren’t people safely living in those areas anymore—- never mind)
But again, lest Americans get too high on their horses about this, the US military-industrial complex, its marketing partners and Hollywood filmmakers have basically been doing higher-budget versions of the same thing for decades. One of the more obvious examples is the NFL, where flashy flyovers with high-tech military jets, troops marching with flags and even camouflage jersey sales have been a fixture for years, and the military has pumped tens of millions of dollars into patriotic displays at sports games. Others include the close relationship between the military and the video game industry , or its tight collaboration with the movie industry .
Photographs and essays and novels and the rest can change your life; they are dangerous. Art shapes the world. I know many people who found a book that determined what they would do with their life or saved their life. Books aren’t life preservers; there are more complex, less urgent reasons to read them, including pleasure, and pleasure matters. Danto describes the worldview of those who assert there is an apartheid system between art and life: “But the concept of art interposes between life and literature a very tough membrane, which insures the incapacity of the artist to inflict moral harm so long as it is recognized that what he is doing is art.” His point is that art can inflict moral harm and often does, just as other books do good. Danto references the totalitarian regimes whose officials recognized very clearly that art can change the world and repressed the stuff that might.