New media, politics and society- Second edition
Chapter 3: War Games
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We have been experiencing, for half a century, a conflation of material history and its electronic mediation, and this phenomenon is perhaps at its most remarkable in the conduct and representation of military conflict.
Jean Baudrillard (1988: 49) wrote of Vietnam as a television war – but Vietnam also of course eventually became a cinematic war, a war primarily recalled in the popular imagination by such films as The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Platoon and Full Metal Jacket. Another postmodern conflict, Operation Restore Hope, America’s vain attempt to bring order to Somalia in 1992–1993, also began as an event staged for the TV cameras (even to the extent that the Pentagon is said to have consulted CNN on the scheduling of the U. S. landings in Mogadishu), and ended up as a film by Ridley Scott: a five-month military debacle immortalized as Black Hawk Down (2001).
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