A Virtual Incarceration

From an interview reprinted in Paul Virilio's Desert Screen: War at the Speed of Light:

J.-C. Raspiengeas: "This omnipresence of the media, of CNN in particular, has it changed the nature of the [1990-91 Gulf War] conflict?"

Paul Virilio: "Completely. War henceforth takes place in a stadium, the squared horizon of the screen, presented to spectators in the bleachers. Now, the only way of existing is to participate in the passion of the game, to no longer be content to keep count of the goals scored between the international force allied with the United States and Iraq. I see guys fighting it out in the bleachers as at Heysel. Mimicking in their corner an intifada or whatever scene that the TV has presented on nightly news programmes."

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