Drone Warfare : Visual Primacy as a Weapon

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This paper articulates drone warfare through a critical analysis of an actual drone operation and a study into its developing technologies. The first chapter moves through a discussion of the intervening role of the camera as described by Walter Benjamin and societal perspective of visual reproduction technology. This discussion then departs from the mechanical to the digital realm of realtime video, utilizing theory of Paul Virilio. The second chapter focuses on developing technologies within drone warfare such as the multi camera Gorgon Stare program. This highlights the movement towards an industrialized mode of perception and the increasing use of automated vision and the role of visual pattern recognition in warfare tactics such the use of 'signature strikes'. In studying the empirical evidence of drone technology and operations, it reveals a reorganization of military space based on visuality and a transformation in modes of perception.

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Originalspråkengelska
Titel på värdpublikationTrans Visuality : The cultural dimension of visuality Vol. 2 : Visual Organizations
RedaktörerFrauke Wiegand, Anders Michelsen, Tore Kristensen
FörlagLiverpool University Press
Sidor201-214
Volym2
ISBN (tryckt)9781781381786
StatusPublished - 2015
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa

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