Marita Sturken on History News Network

Marita Sturken, author of Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero, has written an op-ed for the History News Network. Sturken argues that Americans’ tourist relation to history enables them to deny their government’s involvement in practices like torture. Sturken writes: "The American public can acquiesce to its government’s
aggressive political and military policies when that public is
constantly reassured by the comfort offered by kitsch patriotic
objects, security consumerism, and the narrative that we are innocent
and unknowing.  In the comforting world of kitsch and in our tourism of
history, torture cannot exist."

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