Intervention – ‘Ghosts in the Machine: Drone Warfare will Haunt the Future’

Antipode have published an intervention of mine. Lots of fun to write!

AntipodeFoundation.org

Ian Shaw by Ian G. R. Shaw , University of Glasgow

How did the planet become a robotic hunting ground? The grip of a single nation over the world is a fantasy as old as empire. But in the past decade the hubris of that dream—of a global battlespace—has slowly been materializing, first as shadow, then as spectacle. While there is no single tipping point, there is certainly a moment that characterizes our imperial present: the death of Osama bin Laden, the existential bogeyman. Our watchkeepers could hardly wait to leak the bloody details of the extrajudicial raid. Walt Disney even tried to trademark “SEAL Team 6” but soon withdrew “out of deference to the Navy”. One can only speculate what Disney had in mind with such a profitable patent—cartoons, action-figures, or perhaps kids’ bedding? The next year, in 2012, the movie Act of Valor was released, starring active-duty Navy…

View original post 1,244 more words

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Biopolitics, Drone Technology, Empire. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s