The Gulf War Did Not Take Place has ratings and 28 reviews. Spoust1 said: Three essays: The Gulf War Will Not Take Place, The Gulf War Is Not Taki. In a provocative analysis written during the unfolding drama of , Baudrillard draws on his concepts of simulation and the hyperreal to argue that the Gulf. The Gulf War Did Not Take Place. by Jean Baudrillard Trans. by Paul Patton. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 87 pp. $ Reviewed by Daniel .

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Excellent read; at times, felt similar to an account of molestation. War was never merely understood as being bombardment just as capital was never assumed to be fixed on a specific relationship to ostentation, even by Marx.

It’s another thing entirely to scare yourself shitless with the realisation that the modern media landscape and the 24 hour news cycle has done terrible things to our ability to process actual human tragedy in a post-cold war society.

Jean Baudrillard

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. What was he now? Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Yet Baudrillard was pointing out that the war was conducted as a media spectacle.

Thus unconnected from reality, Baudrillard mangles everything from the French president’s name to the number of traffic fatalities in the United States. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. War as videogame distraction from the suffering it inflicts. Walls and borders poace collapsed – the East is in the West, the West already in the East. So are we witnessing an EU meltdown? This text describes and defines the relations between the dominant states USA Western Europethe media and the wars they choose to have.


Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. He’s not writing poetry or a novel here. But in this case it was. Dec 25, Archit rated it really liked it.

The Political Economy of the Mass Media. His tone forces us to confront the terrifying fact that an attitude of utter indifference to something such as “the Gulf War” is absolutely possible for those of us in the post-industrial, wealthiest sectors of the world. Comprised of three essays written by Baudrillard in the lead-up to, during, and after the military clash in the Gulf inthis book is a penetrating and provocative analysis of the unfolding drama using the author’s well-known concepts of simulation and the hyperreal.

In a provocative analysis written during the unfolding drama ofBaudrillard draws on his concepts of simulation and the hyperreal to argue that the Gulf War did not take place but was a carefully scripted media event a “virtual” war. This book basically describes how the first Iraq war differed from traditional wars of the past.

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The Gulf War Did Not Take Place :: Reviewed by Daniel Pipes

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: Since this war was won plcae advance. Before hostilities had even begun, both sides had run innumerable computer simulations of pertinent variables.

He is neither mad nor suicidal, perhaps he should be treated by hypnosis? The real violence was thoroughly overwritten by electronic narrative: Therefore, it did not take place the way previous wars had, in that the suffering and even a uniform understanding did not penetrate the population at home who watched the events on CNN.

The Gulf War Did Not Take Place

Original writing only, please. While hostilities from both wars were going on, Jean Baudrillard was paying attention in a way that few others must have been doing.

Things ran so smoothly that even the Joint Chiefs were amazed. Insightful as always, cutting, pulling no punches as he presents the interface for what it is. Baudrillard later said he “participated” in the student revolts. Showing of 12 reviews. Plainly, the title is intended to attract attention and it’s a clever reference to Jean Giraudoux’s playbut Baudrillard simply fails to make any sort of case to support it.


Patton tske introduction argues that Baudrillard, more than any other critic of the Gulf War, correctly identified the stakes involved in the gestation of the New World Order. War rarely co-operates by being predictable.

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Views Nit Edit View history. To show his brilliance, Baudrillard takes a perfectly obvious fact and devotes a book to proving it wrong.

Feb 09, Dean added it. Mar 22, Omnipotent Dystopian Now rated it really liked it Shelves: Oddly enough I recently came across a not-too-bad, positive review of this book in the National Review. What he is really saying is that The Gulf War was interpreted differently by the rest of the world because of American media’s misrepresentation of it. Twitter during recent surges of conflict was used to present activism from the ground, presenting images of the dead and testimony from those hearing and feeling the war.

A really really great book that went sailing straight over the head of many American critics who wondered how someone could deny that a war had taken place.

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