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      Masters of the Screen: On Media, Optics, and Photography as Fatal Strategy


      Politics of the Machine Beirut 2019 (POM2019)

      Politics of the Machine

      11-14 June 2019

      Media, Optics, Rapid Dominance, Virality, Virtual, Information, Truth, Reality, Photography, Fatal Strategies

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          Departing from Bernard Harcourt’s The Counterrevolution, this paper considers how American counterinsurgency theory-based government and paramilitarizated optics together created Baudrillard’s “irruption of the obscene”—where Rapid Dominance strategy bleeds across the delineation between military and civilian realms, where mass media becomes the site of warfare—and re-examines Rapid Dominance along these new terms: when loss of illusion unfolds alongside declarations of “transparency” and “truth,” when everything becomes optics as mediated by a screen—the limits of which we can no longer detect—there can be no visual comprehension of our environment. Here, the strategy continues to issue a condemnation-to-paralysis, a being-ensnared in the cyclical effects of vertigo and fascination within the trance of spectatorship, but who is the new adversary? How is the field of vision renegotiated and what is camouflage? Disrupting our visual hypnosis, this paper uses Baudrillard’s Fatal Strategies alongside Virilio’s Vision Machine to argue that resistance is still possible—the faculties of battlefield-perception can be wrenched back— presenting visual communication as weapon against the omnipotence of Rapid Dominance: a new photographic language through technological manipulation that breaks the flow of information, refracts shock and awe and puts on display our full monstrosity as the pharmakon of perception.

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          June 2019
          June 2019
          : 83-89
          European Graduate School

          Seewjinenstrasse 6, CH-3930 Visp
          © Sanchez. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of POM Beirut 2019

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          Politics of the Machine Beirut 2019
          Beirut, Lebanon
          11-14 June 2019
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Politics of the Machine
          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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