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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Combat as a media event. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. The violence of the War on Terror rests on the presumption that these groups are timeless horrors, beyond the scope of rationality, and with it, the ability to be considered human.

It also bluntly states the following: So Baudrillard offered himself as an extrapolator, a canary in the cultural coalmine.

Indiana University Press, But ” the temporal short circuit of pure war the nanosecond “? Context is important in reading this book otherwise you won’t get a lot out of it.

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Some 25 years after the first US-led invasion of Iraq and the publication of those now iconic essays, the hyperreality of baudrillardd Iraq war has come to haunt the reality of the Paris attacks Before hostilities had even begun, both sides had run innumerable computer simulations of pertinent variables.


He wished rhetorically to register the fact that the Gulf War was an unfolding media event, a virtual reality, with simulated reactions masquerading for the real human experience of being at war. This has been suggested by other network theorists in sociology but despite the multifarious channels and saturation of images and information, our ‘desensitization’ hasn’t led to a lack of understanding of truth but merely a skepticism involved in accepting what is true, with the need for greater and longer analysis.

If he’s saying that the video footage isn’t the real war, fair enough. But Baudrillard had a motivation that transcended semantic distinctions. He wrote 3 lengthy articles for a French publication and a few years later they were translated by a University of Wisconsin proffessor and compiled into a page book.

His almost poetic writing style is the perfect form of delivery for this type of ghlf, as it is articulate and clear, yet ironic and suspenseful. Which is a real shame.

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Oct 16, Daria rated it it was amazing. I may just be easy to please, as I haven’t read much philosophy, but Baudrillard just does not leave me disappointed.

The reality of the fighting precisely coalesced into what Baudrillard termed the simulacra of war. He saw a complete break in the reality of the conflict as it was actually taking place, and the narrative power of its media presence. Interesting ‘take’ on a modern war, with points that would only resonate more in the years since, it’s hit-or-miss for most readers of current events more for the philosophy crowd.


Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Yes, the war happened, as in bombs were dropped, people died, buildings were destroyed, many suffered, etc.

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

Power Publications, Sydney August 22, Language: For complete regulations, see the “Guidelines for Reader Comments”. I guess that title didn’t fly. Sep 09, David rated it did not like it.

Which merely leaves a social commentator without anywhere to go, it disassociates and dislocates poace from anything important. I don’t know whether this piece by crazy French theorist Jean Baudrillard Died recently is faulty in its logic or if I am just not capable guld comprehending what the hell he is trying to say. Histories of Cultural Materialism. Such had been Baudrillard’s name for the defining problem of the age since the s, when he wrote that the Marxian problem of class struggle had been replaced, in the “post-industrial” era, with the problem of simulation.

Reading accounts of the Second Wold War also give testament to war also being fought on an abstract level. Thought provoking examination about what war is designed to accomplish in the post-Cold War world.