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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Mapping the Military-industrial-media-entertainment network — second edition. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. This fascinating and important material will make a splash in academic circles, but Derian’s theoretical approach and dense writing will put it beyond the reach of a general readership.

Will war lose its place as the ultimate reality-check of international politics? In Virtuous WarJames Der Derian takes the reader on a roadtrip through the future of war, where cyborg combat technologies, video games, TV news stories, Army training exercises, and Hollywood movies all blur and converge in a new military-industrial-media-entertainment network.

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. What remains could not be considered a genuine and sustained academic exposition of virtual theory, but rather a travel book with occasional chapters on international relations theory and post-modern concepts.

Will peace become harder? 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. I did find references to Nazi filmmakers, Hollywood stars, and various American politicians. Alas, it turned out to be a waste of paper, ink, and time. 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.


The US follows its computer simulation of what happens if Iraq invades Kuwait, itself a scenario run by the Iraqi’s whom have the same technology.

Did DoD sometimes confuse its own vision of reality for the reality on the battlefield? You do not currently have access to this article.

Will killing become easier? Published June 7th by Basic Books first published To ask other readers questions about Virtuous Warplease sign up. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Many of its points are made in illuminating and thought provoking ways, but ultimately its tone and structure seem better suited to entertainment girtuous than to dee literature. Many theories had failed to predict vjrtuous 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.

There is a clear and present need to develop a virtual theory that can assess the perils and promises of this intimate relationship between modes of representation and violence.

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

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Most users should sign in deriaj their email address. James Der Derian Virtuous War: May 31, James rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Within the first decade of the new millennium, non-state actors started to exert more power than extant theories had afforded them.

Rather than noting such service personnel would have likely been briefed to provide such statements and avoid off-topic discussions, these passages could easily be seen as a portraying an implicitly negative perception of the military. Open Preview See a Problem? Joy rated it deriqn was ok Oct 28, A large question that should accompany the second edition of the book is its ongoing relevance.

Donations are voluntary and not required to download the e-book – your link to download is below. Full of the kind of pseudo-intellectual gibberish usually reserved for art criticism, devoid of clear or original ideas, pretentious, incoherent.

About James Der Derian. After discussing how famed “mud soldier” General Schwarzkopf was the first “cyberpunk general,” using computer war games to plan U. A really useful an interesting book when it comes to mapping to increasingly large role of the video games industry in the military.


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.

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Readers who are well acquainted dsr the international relations field will likely see Virtuous War as novel more for its deriam on the genre than for any contribution of new scholarship. Dec 22, Erica rated it really liked it Shelves: Sign in via your Institution Sign in. All the while Der Derian offers tremendous insight on the questions that arise as the tail of technology wags the dog of war: While in recent conflicts, there have been jamed instances of media outlets being used to support proffered narratives of conflict favourable to combatants, this does not jamew occur.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Lists with This Book. Abstract Strategic discourse and the use of force in the twentieth century have become increasingly virtual.

Email alerts New issue alert. Just months after David Mamet’s film Wag the Dog represented spin doctors manufacturing a virtual war to distract Americans from a potential presidential sex scandal, former President Clinton’s foreign policy came to be viewed through that lens.

Please Consider Donating Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing. Andrewh wqr it liked it Sep 14, Books of the Week. Routledge, Second Edition, The end of the last millennium was a challenging period for the international relations discipline.