Nicky Agate deposited Precision Targets: GPS and the Militarization of U.S. Consumer Identity in the group War Studies on Humanities Commons 6 years, 4 months ago
For most people in the United States, war is almost always elsewhere. Since the Civil War, declared wars have been engaged on terrains at a distance from the continental space of the nation. Until the attacks on the World Trade towers and the Pentagon in September 2001, many people in the United States perceived war to be conflicts between the standing armies of nation-states conducted at least a border—if not oceans and continents—away. Even the attacks of September 11 were localized in such a way as to feel as remote as they were immediate—watching cable news from elsewhere in the country, most U.S. residents were brought close to scenes of destruction and death by the media rather than by direct experience. Thus, in the United States, we could be said to be “consumers” of war, since our gaze is almost always fixed on representations of war that come from places perceived to be remote from the heartland.