VIRTUOUS WAR: Mapping the Military-Industrial Media-Entertainment Network. James Der Derian, Author, James Der Derian, Author. Westview $26 (p). Book review: James Der Derian Virtuous War: Mapping the Military—Industrial— Media—Entertainment Network, 2nd edn London: Routledge, pp. James Der Derian’s timely book adds to the debate by exploring the role technology can play in fighting ‘virtuous wars’ with fewer casualties.

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Within the first decade of the new millennium, non-state actors started to exert more power than extant theories had afforded them. Your donations allow us to invest in new open access titles and pay our bandwidth bills to ensure we keep our existing titles rer to view. I did find references to Nazi filmmakers, Hollywood stars, and various American politicians.

Virtuous War: Mapping The Military- Industrial-media-entertainment Network

Fahd rated it really liked it Nov 01, This is an interesting book for anyone looking at the synergy between war, entertainment, and media. Rather than noting such service personnel would have likely been briefed to provide such statements and avoid off-topic discussions, these passages could easily be seen as a portraying an implicitly negative perception of the military.

Der Derian wants to argue that the US failed over the last ten years because it confused the fake for the real. To ask other readers questions about Virtuous Warplease sign up. This eye-opening, entertaining and sobering study of the increasing “virtualization” of American politics—and of war in particular—via media manipulation makes an important contribution to political, media and social studies.

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Mapping the Military-industrial-media-entertainment network — second edition. This eclectic combination of source material and research leads to an interesting dar with different types of prose of varying technical and structural styles.

Most users should sign in with their email address. Eric Gordy rated it really liked it Feb 04, Relevance and Theoretical Contribution. The US follows its computer simulation of what happens if Iraq invades Kuwait, itself a scenario run by the Iraqi’s whom have the same technology.

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Donations are voluntary and not required to download the e-book – your link to download is below. Strategic discourse and the use of force in the twentieth century have become increasingly virtual. Picking up cultural theorist Walter Benjamin’s concern about the social impact of a “new and incestuous relationship between mass politics and the mass means of reproduction,” Derian explores a wide range of theories and their applications.

A keen example is the first gulf war in which two pieces of the same game scenario end up as the two sides in the field of combat. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Will deruan become harder? Lists with This Book.

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Virtuous War: Mapping The Military- Industrial-media-entertainment Network by James Der Derian

This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. The US follows its computer simulation of what happens if Kames invades Kuwait, its A really useful an interesting book when it comes to mapping to increasingly large role of the video games industry in the military. What remains could not be considered a genuine and sustained academic exposition of virtual theory, but rather a travel book with occasional chapters on international relations theory and post-modern concepts.


Martin rated it it was amazing Oct 13, Don’t have an account? No Luddite or isolationist, Derian simply encourages public awareness of how our perceptions of the world can be manipulated and altered, and of how such manipulation smoothes the way for catastrophes like Hiroshima and the Holocaust.

Abstract Strategic discourse and the use of force in the twentieth century have become virtuuous virtual. The concept is interesting but others have dealt with it better in fewer words. Refresh and try again. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Ultimately, in many countries, derain outlets provide objective reporting and allow consumers to form their own opinions. After discussing how famed “mud soldier” General Schwarzkopf was the first ear general,” using computer war games to plan U. Dashing from French postmodern theorists such as Gilles Deleuze, FelixGuattari, Jean Baudrillard and Michel Foucault and film theorists such as Siegfried Kracauer to such mainstream movies as DiehardRed Dawn and Full Metal JacketDerian offers a sustained, complex investigation of how the “virtual” elements of our culture are quickly having an impact on our actual national policy and imagination.

That perspective fails to engage really with the domestic political dynamics, strategic dysfunctions, and above all else the actions of the enemy. Just months after David Mamet’s film Wag the Dog represented spin doctors manufacturing a virtual war to distract Americans from a potential presidential sex scandal, former President Clinton’s foreign policy came to be viewed through that lens.

I searched the index in vain, in case I’d missed it, for any mention of guerrilla warfare, irregular warfare, fundamentalism, terrorism, insurgency, etc.

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