The Optics of War

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 11:00am

John Pettegrew, associate professor of history and director of American studies, recently wrote an editorial that appeared in Salon. Pettegrew argues that  with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, we can point to a new digitized “eye for battle” in the U.S. military and American culture overall. Springing from the intersection of the post-Sept. 11, 2001, wars with the digital revolution, the eye for battle couples high-tech sensors for killing from ever-greater distances with a visual culture of motion pictures and video simulations that eroticized and modeled the action and violence of ground war.  You can read it here.