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

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  38 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In the Mojave Desert, off the shores of San Francisco Bay, in the hills of southern Germany, next door to Disneyworld and in the heart of Hollywood, the United States armed forces are preparing for the next war. 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 an ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 7th 2001 by Basic Books (first published 2001)
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James
LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR DRECK LIKE THIS! I started this book with high expectations, as this is an area in which I'm very interested. Alas, it turned out to be a waste of paper, ink, and time. Full of the kind of pseudo-intellectual gibberish usually reserved for art criticism, devoid of clear or original ideas, pretentious, incoherent. 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, eit ...more
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Aug 03, 2012 goodreads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really useful an interesting book when it comes to mapping to increasingly large role of the video games industry in the military. Der Derian paints an alarming picture of wars of simulation conducted through retooled video games engines in order to create a more 'humane' war machine.

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. The US follows its computer simulation of what happens if Iraq invades Kuwait, its
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Adam Elkus
This is an interesting book for anyone looking at the synergy between war, entertainment, and media.

That being said, like many postmodern/post-structuralist examinations of conflict it tends to buy into the military's own hype about technologies of future warfare. Der Derian wants to argue that the US failed over the last ten years because it confused the fake for the real.

That perspective fails to engage really with the domestic political dynamics, strategic dysfunctions, and above all else t
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Muhammad Ahmad
Jun 25, 2011 Muhammad Ahmad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I found this endlessly digressive book hard to read, only occasionally interesting, and only vaguely informative. Perhaps better editing would have helped. The concept is interesting but others have dealt with it better in fewer words.
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Jan 07, 2008 Erica rated it really liked it
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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.
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