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War #3

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 21, 2011 - 1:32pm

Say what you will about the New Republic, it remains unique among journals of political opinion by including actual debates about important issues. Here is Michael Walzer against our intervention in Libya; Leon Wieseltier on Obama's speech announcing the airstrikes; and the editors in defense.


Afghanistan as a Just War

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 13, 2009 - 4:14pm

Michael Walzer's case.


Inglourious Basterds

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 9, 2009 - 10:55am

I confess to being a Quentin Tarantino fan, but, not having any conceptual vocabulary for analyzing movies, I've never understood why. I think Inglourious Basterds is his masterpiece (although unlike, say, Reservoir Dogs or Kill Bill 2, I'm unlikely to want to see it again soon). I found myself speculating, as I often do, about counterfactual arguments and historical causation as Miriam and I left the theater.


thank you and remembering/forgetting 9-11

Submitted by Michael Faris on March 3, 2009 - 12:11am

Thank you everyone at the Blogora for the opportunity to guest blog here. Like Joe, I'm feeling some uncertainty about contributing "good ideas," but I'm excited to engage in conversation here!

"As Martin Walser puts it, as 'long as something is, it is not, what it will have been. When something is over, one is not anymore the one to whom it happened... Although the past, when it was the present, did not exist, it now imposes itself, as if it had existed in the way in which it imposes itself now'" (Zehfuss 518).



Submitted by Byron Hawk on February 7, 2009 - 6:14pm

I'm teaching an undergraduate digital rhetoric course right now so I've been on the lookout for good video examples. I found this one over at my colleague's blog Arab Woman Progressive Voice. I think it provides a good example of an effective low-fi approach, something that my students could replicate.


National Rebirths

Submitted by Byron Hawk on February 6, 2009 - 1:52pm

Here's a new trailer for the most recent version of "Rebirth of a Nation" (which is a remix of DW Griffith's "Birth of a Nation"). RBN is on DVD and DJ Spooky is traveling around giving screenings of it. The trailer is a nice piece of digital rhetoric. While surfing Youtube for it, I came across two other videos of interest. Re Birth of a Nation, a video on Liberia's political strife, and a DJ Spooky lecture from UNC.


Deep, Dark Thought

Submitted by Jim Aune on February 4, 2009 - 1:42pm

I am not a conspiracy theorist (although I still have my doubts about Paul and Sheila Wellstone's deaths), but these warnings from Cheney about a forthcoming terror attack seem altogether too much of a self-fulfilling prophecy to me. If we could manufacture threats of smallpox and anthrax attacks in the buildup to March 2003, what could a cabal of neocons conjure up as they feel cornered? Sullivan is on the case.


The Invisible War

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 25, 2008 - 7:27am

In case you haven't been paying attention:

Total U.S. military fatalities in Iraq since March 2003: 4204

Total Coalition fatalities in Iraq since then: 4518

Iraqi civilian fatalities since the invasion: Exact count unknown, perhaps 1.4 million or more

Total U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan since 2001: 629
Total NATO fatalities in Afghanistan since 2001: 1014

Afghanistan civilian fatalities since 2002: Exact count unknown, tens of thousands


"There's a Bear in the Woods"

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 11, 2008 - 11:05pm

Those were the days: