Sticks and Stones: Digital War in the Public Mind
Roger Stahl’s research and teaching interests include the relationship between rhetoric and critical theory, and the relationship between war, media and popular culture. He is the author of Militainment, Inc.: War, Media, and Popular Culture (Routledge, 2010) as well as the DVD Militainment, Inc.: Militarism and Popular Culture (Northampton, MA: Media Education Forum, 2007). He is particularly interested in the ways in which virtual technologies are involved in animating a public consciousness regarding war and has published essays on the use of 3d animated satellite imagery, as well as the use of video games to simulate war and violence. He is currently working on a documentary film concerning the ways that artists and activists have been involved in stirring controversy and reevaluation of the notion of war-as-entertainment, as well as researching the relationship between sport and militarism. Professor Stahl focuses on the ways in which war-as-entertainment functions as a contemporary epistemology for coming to “see,” “experience,” and thus to “know” war through realist and hyper-realist technologies.