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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While in recent conflicts, there have been widespread instances of media outlets being used to support proffered narratives of derisn favourable to combatants, this does not always occur. Most users should sign in with their email address. Will peace become harder?

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Hardcoverpages. 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.

After discussing how famed “mud soldier” General Schwarzkopf was the first “cyberpunk general,” using computer war games to plan U. Sign In Forgot password? Deeian eclectic combination of source material and research leads to an interesting situation with different types of prose of varying technical and structural styles. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account?

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The media, like the military, is not a homogeneous entity, and to suggest it is not only an oversimplification, but also it is misleading. I started this book with high expectations, as this is an area in which I’m very interested. Jack rated it it was ok Jan 28, Tuncer Beyribey rated it it was amazing Feb 21, About The Author Thomas Messer:. That perspective fails to engage really with the domestic political dynamics, strategic dysfunctions, and above all else the actions of the enemy.


Dec 22, Erica rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Did DoD sometimes confuse its own vision of reality for the reality on the battlefield?

This eye-opening, entertaining and sobering study of the increasing “virtualization” of American politics—and of war in particular—via media manipulation makes qar important contribution to political, media and social studies. Similarly, the use of precision munitions was in its infancy and not regularly on public display when the first edition was printed.

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

Chris rated it it was ok Jan 06, Want to Read saving…. Worryingly the result of virtual war is anything other than virtual; machines kill real people in an ever more abstract type of killing which has the unfortunate effect defian reducing the consequences in the eyes of those conducting the war through virtual means.

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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 deriab or fought by satellites and computers and lasers.

Enabled by smart technologies yet constrained by political and humanitarian imperatives, a new form of high-tech, low-risk warfare is emerging, Virtuous War. Routledge, Second Edition, The end of the last millennium was a challenging period for the international relations discipline.

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To ask other readers questions about Virtuous Warplease sign up. This is an interesting book virtuuos anyone looking at the synergy between war, entertainment, and media. All the while Der Derian offers tremendous insight on the questions that arise as the tail of technology wags the dog of war: Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. A really useful an interesting book when it comes to mapping to increasingly large role of the video games industry in the military.

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