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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Heavily filled out with irrelevant word plays, fatuous arguments based on treating different meanings of a given word as if they were the same in other words, either muddy thinking or deliberate sophistryand a lot of the “I am so cool! Rather than noting such service personnel would have likely been briefed to provide such statements jaems avoid off-topic discussions, these passages could easily be seen as a portraying an implicitly negative perception of the military.

After discussing how famed warr soldier” General Schwarzkopf was the first “cyberpunk general,” using computer war games to plan U. A keen example is the first deroan war in which two pieces of the same game scenario end up as the two sides in the field of combat.

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Der Derian wants to argue that the US failed over the last ten years because it confused the fake for the real. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jamex Consider Donating Before you virtuoys your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing. James Der Derian London: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. E-IR is an independent non-profit publisher run by an all volunteer team.

Many theories had failed to predict the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics USSRleaving many authors with their knowledge on a bipolar world outdated overnight. No Luddite or isolationist, Derian simply encourages public awareness of how our perceptions of the world can be manipulated virtuos altered, and of how such manipulation smoothes the way for catastrophes like Hiroshima and the Holocaust. Deer 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 DiehardDrrian 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.


Amanda rated it really liked it Jul 25, Trivia About Virtuous War: Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? When the first edition went to print, Global Positioning Virtuoud GPS were not common, however now they are included as standard in many cars. Andy rated it really liked it Feb 22, Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing.

Der Derian fails to acknowledge the numerous media agencies, many government-owned, buck this trend.

Derian reiterates his thesis throughout the book, but adopts a unique approach to advancing his argument. They are fought by the military in the same manner as they are viewed by citizens, on real-time networks and by live-feed videos, on the PC and the TV, actually and virtually. Related articles in Web of Science Google Scholar.

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

Sign In or Create an Account. Published June 7th by Basic Books first published Sign In Forgot password? At the cyborg heart of virtuous war is the technical capability and ethical imperative to threaten and, if necessary, actualize violence from a distance—with no or minimal casualties.

But that’s not particularly interesting or useful an insight. The first book I ever read that applies postmodern theory to a specific context and both makes sense and seemed to have a real-world application, rather than just theoretical ramblings. Mapping the Military-industrial-media-entertainment network — second edition. Professor S Golding rated it really liked it Dec 25, It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve.

You could not be signed in. Many of its points are made in illuminating and thought provoking ways, but ultimately its tone and structure seem better suited to entertainment media than to academic literature. As a roaming and entertaining look at the interplay of technology and force, Virtuous War delivers.


May 31, James rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Want to Read saving…. Joy rated it it was ok Oct 28, 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. That perspective fails to engage really with the domestic political dynamics, strategic dysfunctions, and above all else the actions of the enemy.

This fascinating and important material will make a splash in academic circles, but Derian’s theoretical approach and dense writing will put it beyond the reach of a general readership.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. While in recent conflicts, there have been widespread instances of media outlets being used to support proffered narratives of conflict favourable to combatants, this does not always occur. I started this book with high expectations, as this is an area in dee I’m very interested.

Accessed 20 December On top of the other problems, this presents itself as a canny look ahead into the future of warfare, but it was written in mid and totally bought into the Rumsfeldian fascination with gee-whiz tech, utterly failing to anticipate things like fundamentalists with box cutters and insurgents with beat-up old AKs, RPGs, and tank-wrecking jury-rigged IEDs who can’t be tracked or deriah by satellites and computers and lasers.

Full of the kind of pseudo-intellectual gibberish usually reserved for art criticism, devoid of clear or original ideas, pretentious, incoherent. Did DoD sometimes confuse its own vision of reality for the reality on the battlefield?

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