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Watching Babylon: The War in Iraq and Global Visual Culture

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  1 review
Groundbreaking and compelling, Watching Babylon examines the experience of watching the war against Iraq on television, on the internet, in the cinema and in print media.

Mirzoeff shows how the endless stream of images flowing from the Gulf has necessitated a new form of visual thinking, one which recognises that the war has turned images themselves into weapons. Drawing co...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2004)
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Yuval
May 18, 2008 Yuval rated it 1 of 5 stars
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This was a jumbled and frustrating book that didn't seem to talk about its own subject very much at all. Instead of a coherent argument or idea, Mirzoeff spins off into countless obvious observations about globalization and "visual culture." Part I is meant to discuss how images of war are processed in a typical American suburb, but instead of an in-depth analysis of that, we get an endless diatribe against all the well-worn critiques of America's consumer culture. If you've read NO LOGO or FAST...more
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