The Gulf War Did Not Take Place is a collection of three short essays by Jean Baudrillard published in the French newspaper Libération and British paper The . View latest Jean Baudrillard’s Documents. Jean Baudrillard’s Documents. Home · Jean Baudrillard’s La guerra del Golfo no ha tenido lugar. Read more. La guerra del Golfo no ha tenido lugar / Jean Baudrillard ; traducción de Thomas Kauf.

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Sep 30, Tom Douglas rated it liked it. Excellent read; at times, felt similar to an account of molestation. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

gurrra Thought provoking examination about what war is designed to accomplish in the post-Cold War world. The real trouble begins when Baudrillard attempts to describe “reality,” because in using the word “reality” to mean “one person’s subjective truth” postmodernists like Baudrillard muddle the distinction between fact and interpretation, and sometimes use the muddle dishonestly.

What Baudrillard means when he says that “the Gulf Vel did not take place” isn’t to imply that people didn’t die, acts of courage did not happen or that the war didn’t do any good.

I’m sorry this is so long. If we take note of the speed of light and the temporal short-circuit of pure war the nanosecondwe see that this involution precipitates us precisely into the virtuality of war and not into its reality, it precipitates us into the absence of war. The title refers to the U.

And, with the complicity of Gorbachev, he almost succeeded in fucking him up the ass. He wrote 3 lengthy articles dell a French publication and a few years later they were translated by a University of Wisconsin proffessor and compiled into a page book. Sep 09, Baudrillarr rated it did not like it. I understood all these words separately but together not so much. Although I have deep respect for his work and enjoy engaging with it critically, he seems hz stand for everything I actively loathe in this book: A little hard to follow for a layman, but nonetheless a fascinating look at what effect the media has on the reality of modern “warfare”.


Now, if bzudrillard said “The lack of a clearly defined declaration makes a clearly defined end very difficult, and the successors to Saddam’s regime will have to deal with insurgents for a very long time” he’d have made a good point and been proved right by recent events.

And as for “Must we denounce the speed of light?

It is like those characters in Hieronymus Bosch with a glass bell or a soap bubble around their head as a sign of their mental debility. The English translation was published in early translated by Paul Patton. Lists with This Book. We do not have the means to re-establish the truth. A clean war which ends up in an oil slick. Recent events with the Israeli Defense Force are even more surreal in the sense that they declared an invasion of Palestine via twitter.

This feels like capitulation to obscurantism and distorting what is self evident. A war enclosed in a glass coffin, like Snow White, purged of any carnal contamination or warrior’s passion.

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Baudrillard’s argument is coldly i Three essays: Neat concept, bad de. May 07, vi macdonald rated it it was amazing Shelves: Plainly, the title is intended to attract attention and it’s a clever reference to Jean Giraudoux’s playbut Baudrillard simply fails to make any sort of case to support it.

Patton s introduction argues that Baudrillard, more than budrillard other critic of the Gulf War, correctly identified the stakes involved in t In a baudrillrd analysis written during the unfolding drama ofBaudrillard draws on his concepts of simulation and the hyperreal to argue that the Gulf War did not take place but was a carefully scripted media event a “virtual” war.

What he is really saying is that The Gulf War was interpreted differently by the rest of the world because of American media’s misrepresentation of it.

The Gulf War Did Not Take Place

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Confronted with this lubricity, this duplicity, the paranoid can only become more rigid, more obsessional. Chris rated it really liked it Jun 05, This compilation is probably the most confusing piece of writing I have ever encountered because it is translated, Baudrillard is crazy, and I don’t know much about the Gulf War. His tone forces us to confront the terrifying fact that an attitude of utter indifference to something such as “the Gulf War” is absolutely possible for those of us in the post-industrial, wealthiest sectors of the world.


Mar 10, Ben Flanagan rated it really liked it. He claims that the war never began, which is simply not the case. What is vitally important to understand regarding Baudrillard’s thesis was that it wasn’t a literal denial of the war.

I don’t recommend this to anyone that doesn’t enjoy academic reading as a puzzle that you have to tinker with for hours on end He’s not writing poetry or a novel here.

Lying son of a bitch! By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I do think Baudrillard gets a bit side tracked as is his nature and is obviously much less than lucid, but Patton’s introduction is top notch. War as videogame distraction from the suffering it inflicts. I’ve given this two stars because there’s the odd interesting idea, but overall I’d recommend giving it a wide berth and reading something – almost anything – else instead.

A war as a media event, a spectacle created to support a sense of a palpable enemy and a just cause. In a provocative analysis written during the unfolding drama ofBaudrillard draws on his concepts of simulation and the hyperreal to argue that the Gulf War did not take place but was a carefully scripted media event a “virtual” war. Polity Press,pp. Baudrillard made a couple of solid points in an un-solid manner; it seemed that the author of the introduction explained Baudrillard’s points better than himself.

Moreover, rather than the ‘revolution’ of real time of which Virilio speaks, we should speak of an involution in real time; of an involution of the event in the instanteneity of everything at once, and of its vanishing in information itself.