The Trickle Down of War Immersion - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/25/03

The Trickle Down of War Immersion

"I have been glued to the TV set since spring break," said Barnes and Noble Manager Jo Moore. She's been watching the non-stop coverage of the war with Iraq, and responding to customer demand for even more information. "'Bush at War' has been a popular book," she said. "There's a book called 'Jarhead' that talks about Desert Storm. So I think people are wanting to get inside information on what it feels like to be over in the Middle East," said Moore.

"I watch it a lot," said Texas Tech Construction Worker Kenneth Coleman. War was the topic of discussion at lunch. "We talk about it every day. When is it going to end? Looks like it's going to be a long war," he said.

News of the war so pervasive that even military toy sales are up. A video game called 'Conflict: Desert Storm,' is hard to find on the shelves. The package reads, 'No diplomats, no negotiations, no surrender.' And the 'Desert Infantry Play Set,' complete with sandbags and a gas mask. All popular toys as the military moves closer to Baghdad. "Obviously kids look up to people in the military," said assistant toy store manager Filemon Aragon. On Tuesday the store unveiled the latest fad, hamsters in uniform.

"Looks like fun," said Sam Cantwell, his mother buying the 'Desert Storm' video game. "I like war games. They're fun to play. Not killing people, that's not fun. Just the excitement and adrenaline of trying to get through the game without getting killed," he said.

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