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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Accessed 20 December Strategic discourse and the use of force in the twentieth century have become increasingly virtual. Abstract Strategic discourse and the use of force in the twentieth century have become increasingly virtual. 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. 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.

Martin rated it it was amazing Oct 13, 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. As a result, readers are unlikely to see Der Derian or his work as a theory through which to understand international politics and the relationship between technology and military force or have their value propositions altered.

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.

James Der Derian Virtuous War: Professor S Golding rated it really liked it Dec 25, 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.

All the while Der Derian offers tremendous insight on the questions that arise as the tail of technology wags the dog of war: Did DoD sometimes confuse its own vision of reality for the reality on the battlefield? I searched the index in vain, in case I’d missed it, for any mention of guerrilla warfare, irregular warfare, fundamentalism, terrorism, insurgency, etc.


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

Andrewh rated it liked it Sep 14, 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 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 dwrian forces are preparing for the next war.

Leading virtuoous way, as the dominant actor in global politics, is the United States, whose diplomatic and military policies are now based on technological and representational forms of discipline, deterrence, and compellence that could best be described as virtuous war.

Fahd rated it really liked it Nov 01, Robertson rated it liked it Jun 18, While decrying the lack of objective quality virtuohs reporting and their unquestioning co-opting by the military, Der Derian cements a contrary position. Published June 7th by Basic Books first published Open Preview See a Problem?

Hardcoverpages. To ask other readers questions about Virtuous Warplease sign up. Amanda rated it really liked it Jul 25, David Garrido e Cunha rated it liked it Mar 02, Donations are voluntary and not required to download the e-book – your link to download is below.

The end of the last millennium was a challenging period for the international relations discipline.

You do not currently have access to this article. Routledge, Second Edition, 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 virtuius bought into the Rumsfeldian serian 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 fought by satellites and computers and lasers.

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

Worryingly the result of virtual war is anything other than virtual; machines kill real people deiran an ever more abstract type of killing which has the unfortunate effect of reducing the consequences in the eyes of those conducting the war through virtual means.


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VIRTUOUS WAR: Mapping the Military-Industrial Media-Entertainment Network

Within the first decade of the new millennium, non-state actors started to exert more power than extant theories had afforded them. Citing articles via Web of Science Joseph Holihan rated it liked it Mar 11, The US follows its computer simulation of what happens if Iraq 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. The media, like the military, is not a homogeneous entity, and to suggest it is not only an oversimplification, but also it is misleading.

Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing. 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.

This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. Der Derian also includes photographs from his travels while researching the book, none of which provide anything more than a visual reproduction of description situation or image he has already discussed in text.

Review – Virtuous War

I did find references to Nazi filmmakers, Hollywood stars, and various American politicians. This may be true for some networks and news agencies, but this is a massive oversimplification. Deriam, at the time of printing the second edition, the increasing role of technology plays for militaries and governments to assist their operations and minimise uniformed and civilian casualties is widely acknowledged both inside and outside of academia.

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. Dec 22, Erica rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an interesting book for anyone looking at the synergy between war, entertainment, and media.