Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network

Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network

Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network

Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network

Synopsis

Offering an insight on the questions that arise as technology influences war, this book provides a 'virtual theory' for the military strategies, ethical issues, and political controversies surrounding the future of war.

Excerpt

Virtual 1. a. Possessed of certain physical virtues or capacities; effective in respect of inherent natural qualities or powers; capable of exerting influence by means of such qualities. g. Computers. Not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so from the point of view of the program or the user; specifically applied to memory that appears to be internal although most of it is external, transfer between the two being made automatically as required.

—Oxford English Dictionary

Tethnology in the service of virtue has given rise to a global form of virtual violence, virtuous war. This book retraces my travels in virtuality, where made-for-TV wars and Hollywood war movies blur, military war games and computer video games blend, mock disasters and real accidents collide, producing on screen a new configuration of virtual power. Going on site to find the ghosts in the war machine, I map the emergence of a new virtual alliance, the military-industrial-media-entertainment network.

There are many reasons for undertaking such a journey, some obvious, and, as will become apparent, many not. I was driven by inner reasons, two virtual memories that converge and then disappear in my life, in this book, as tracks in the distance. The memories are of my grandfathers' wars. Toros Der Derian, an American guerilla for the Hunchak ("Bell") revolutionary party, fought in one of the many lost . . .

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