The Military-Industrial- Media-Entertainment Network

Technology in the service of virtue has given rise to a global form of virtual violence: Virtuous War. In the 21st century, the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment-Network (aka The MIME-NET) has become the ‘fifth-dimension’ of U.S. hegemony. Fought in the same manner they are represented through real-time global surveillance, media dissimulation, and network-centric warfare, virtuous war deters, disciplines and destroys the “enemy” at a distance. An all-too-real matrix, MIME-NET, seamlessly merges the production, representation, and execution of war. We learn how to kill but not take responsibility for it; we encounter ‘death’ but not its tragic consequences; we now face not just the confusion but the pixelation of war and game on the same screen.

Professor James Der Derian, of the University of Sydney, takes the viewer on a journey through deserts real and virtual to find the ghosts in the 21st century war-machine.



Innerview: Susan Carruthers

Professor Susan Carruthers (Rutgers University), author of the book Media at War, talks to The Vision Machine about the historical and contemporary dimensions of the media in US warfare. This Innerview with Susan was recorded by Seb Kaempf and Peter Mantello in 2010.  More information on Susan Carruthers.


States, War, and the Media

Throughout history, violent conflict has always been mediated. Poems, sculptures, paintings, frescos, books, theatre plays, newspapers, the telegraph, photographs, radio airwaves, television broadcasts, satellites, cinema, cell phones, and – most recently – digital new media platforms. They all have depicted and mediatized war and thereby influenced how we have viewed and approached political violence. Different media platforms in this sense have always played an important role in shaping violent events and our understanding thereof.

Speaking at James Der Derian’s Global Media Project at Brown University on 26 September 2012, Dr Sebastian Kaempf, one of the TheVisionMachine’s contributing editors, discusses the nature of the relationship between conventional (so-called ‘old’) media, war, and traditional actors in international relations. What has been the historical relationship between old media, war, states, and empires? How have concepts of power, agency, and representation been manifested in this relationship? And how has this traditional nexus between the state, war and the media been affected by the recent emergence of digital new media platforms? Ian Slater and other students of the Global Media Project documented and produced this short edited clip of the event.


Conflict in a Heteropolar Media Landscape

James Der Derian maps the effects of digital new media and technology on contemporary warfare. Drawing on Walter Benjamin and Paul Virilio, he analyzes the heteropolar global media landscape and asks how we can distill meaning as citizens, researchers, and media-makers.

This microdoc was produced by the Global Media Project at the Watson Institute for International Relations at Brown University. James presented this speech at the War 2.0 Symposium in 2010, organized – among others – by thevisionmachine’s very own Maddie Carr and Seb Kaempf.







Innerview: Paul Sparrow

Paul Sparrow, Senior Vice-President/Broadcasting of the Newseum in Washington, DC, reflects on how war and war reporting have been affected by the transformation of today’s media landscape.