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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Derin in via your Institution Sign in. Trivia About Virtuous War: Derian reiterates his thesis throughout the book, but adopts a unique approach to advancing his argument.

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Political Islam in Tunisia: Similarly, the use of precision munitions was in its infancy and derizn regularly on public display when the first edition was printed. Within the first decade of the new millennium, non-state actors started to exert more power than extant theories had afforded them.

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.

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Lists with This Book. This is an interesting book for anyone looking at the synergy between war, entertainment, and media. 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.

That perspective fails to engage really with the domestic political dynamics, strategic dysfunctions, and above all else the actions of the enemy.

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virtuoua E-IR is an independent non-profit publisher run by an all volunteer team. 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. About James Der Derian. Discover what to read next.

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

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Submissions Join Us Advertise About. But that’s not jams interesting or useful an insight. You could not be signed in. 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.

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.


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

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Der Derian fails to acknowledge the numerous media agencies, many government-owned, buck this trend.

Accessed 20 December 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. Andrewh rated it liked it Sep 14, Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Did DoD sometimes confuse its own vision of reality for the reality on the battlefield?

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

Return to Book Page. A large question that should accompany virtuos second edition of the book is its ongoing relevance. Will peace become harder? There are no discussion topics on this book yet.