All societies live by fictions taken as real. What distinguishes cultures of terror is that the epistemological, ontological, and otherwise philosophical problem of representation–reality and illusion, certainty and doubt […] becomes a high-powered medium of domination…
Michael Taussig, Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man (1987)
Sim Cities and theatres of war
Didn’t notice in any of the articles linked from Derek Gregory’s piece a reference to the fact that one type of military training simulation described here (on-base Mission Rehearsal Exercises utilizing artificial villages, live explosions, and simulated gunfire) receives fairly sensitive treatment from the standpoint of Iraqi-American “civilian actors” in Hari Kunzru’s 2011 novel, ‘Gods Without Men‘.