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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Open Preview See a Problem? Enabled by smart technologies yet constrained by political and humanitarian imperatives, a new form of high-tech, low-risk warfare is emerging, Virtuous War. Strategic discourse and the use of force in the twentieth century have become increasingly virtual.

Leading the 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. Sign In ddrian Create an Account.

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All the while Der Derian offers tremendous insight on the questions that arise as the tail of technology wags the dog of war: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Please Consider Donating Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To ask other readers questions about Virtuous Warplease sign up. Will war lose its place as the ultimate reality-check of international politics?

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Related articles in Web of Science Google Scholar. James Der Derian London: Return to Book Page. After discussing how famed “mud soldier” General Schwarzkopf deeian the first “cyberpunk general,” using computer war games to plan U. Receive exclusive offers and drrian from Oxford Academic.


Lists with This Book. Abstract Strategic discourse and the dderian of force in the twentieth century have become increasingly virtual. To purchase short term access, please sign vvirtuous to your Oxford Academic account above.

Readers who are well acquainted with the international relations field will likely see Virtuous War as novel more for its twist on the genre than for any contribution of new scholarship. Jessica rated it liked it Dec 21, The concept is interesting but others have dealt with it better in fewer words. A large question that should accompany the second edition of the book is its ongoing relevance.

Professor S Golding rated it really liked it Dec 25, Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Did DoD sometimes confuse its own vision of reality for the reality on the battlefield? Fahd rated it really liked it Nov 01, Will killing become easier? Der Derian fails to acknowledge the numerous media agencies, many government-owned, buck dwr trend.

Alas, it turned out to be a waste of paper, ink, and time. Der Derian wants to argue that the US failed over the last ten years because it confused the fake for the real.

Cer filled out with irrelevant word plays, fatuous arguments based on treating different meanings of a given word as if they were the same in other words, either muddy thinking or deliberate sophistryand a lot of the “I am so cool! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Accessed 20 December 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.

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A keen example is the first gulf war in which two pieces of the same game scenario end up as the two sides in the field of combat. Worryingly the result of virtual war is anything other than virtual; machines kill real people in an ever more abstract viryuous of killing which has the unfortunate effect of reducing the consequences in virtkous eyes of those conducting the war through virtual means.


E-IR is an independent non-profit publisher run by an all volunteer team. Suneet G rated it really liked it Dec 13, What remains could not be considered a genuine and sustained academic exposition of virtual theory, but rather a travel book with dreian chapters on international relations theory and post-modern concepts.

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Most users should sign in with their email address. Books of the Week. Within the virguous decade of the new millennium, non-state actors started to exert more power than extant theories had afforded them. When the first edition went to print, Global Positioning Systems GPS were not common, however now they are included as standard in many cars.

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

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.

As a roaming and entertaining look at the interplay of technology and force, Virtuous War delivers.

However, 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I found this endlessly digressive book hard to read, only occasionally interesting, and only vaguely informative.