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THE HURT LOCKER: A New Kind of War Movie

The Review

Eric Randolph reviews Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, and notes a shift in film-making sensibilities from the war-as-heroics paradigm of earlier Hollywood, towards the everyman's war-as-hell model that has now lodged itself in Western cultural consciousness.

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  • The Hurt Locker

    The Review

    Eric Randolph reviews Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, and notes a shift in film-making sensibilities from the war-as-heroics paradigm of earlier Hollywood, towards the everyman's war-as-hell model that has now lodged itself in Western cultural consciousness.

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  • The Occidental Guerrilla

    Book Review

    Michael A. Innes reviews David Kilcullen's new book The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. A timely and astute synthesis of experience, research and analysis, the author pinpoints the political shear between minority existential threats to US interests and the majority of the world's locally invested guerrillas who just want to be left alone.

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  • Architecture & Biopolitics

    Interview

    Berlin-based writer Daniel Miller's October 2008 interview with Swedish philosopher and SITE Magazine Editor-In-Chief Sven-Olov Wallenstein, on his new book Biopolitics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009).

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  • Wired For War

    Symposium

    The second symposium in CTlab's 2009 series, focused on Peter Singer's new book, Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (Penguin Press: 2009), ran from 30 March to 2 April. Singer and half a dozen scholars from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Austria debated the use and ethics of robots in war.

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  • DEFCON 17

    Current Intelligence

    Tim Stevens reports back from the DEFCON 17 conference in Las Vegas: are hackers thinking meat isn't just meat anymore?

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Entries in cyber (12)

Tuesday
01Sep2009

Tron 2.0: The Legacy

From the department of very cool news: principal shooting has been completed in around Vancouver, BC, for the sequel to Tron, about the coolest sci-fi movie ever.  Tron: The Legacy still faces another 16 months of post-production, but is scheduled for release in 2010

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Saturday
29Aug2009

Gamer: The Movie

Gamer opens in North America next Friday, 4 September.  Set in the familiar not-too-distant future , Gamer is an interesting take on the old trope of the sci-fi action thriller.  It is video game as movie.  Or movie as video game.  Or video game embedded in movie.  The world is basically one giant video game now in this dystopia, humans control other humans in mass-scale on-line games, using mind-control technology.  Video game designer wunderkind Ken Castle then unleashes his new game, called "Slayers."  Now, any psyho is given the chance to go crazy on a global stage.  Using prisoners as their avatars, gamers the world over battle it out weekly for supremacy.  Young gamer, Simon, is the rockstar, as his avatar, Kable, continually, and against all odds (of course), wins.  Again and Again.  The trailer is here, in our Visual Stream.

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Thursday
20Aug2009

Just A Reminder ...

... that it's not always people with the capacity to disrupt systems operations:

Undersea Cable Damage Slows Internet in China

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Saturday
15Aug2009

America's Big Little Problem

Jarret Brachman recently posted on the return of my favorite suburban Salafist-Jihadist, Samir Khan, aka "The Pest." Brachman crystalizes the essential threat -- if you want to call it that -- posed by Khan and his ever-growing cadre of US-jihadi wannabes:

A few years ago, the English-language jihobbyist movement was sloppy – unable to discriminate about the high-brow stuff versus the snuff. Now, thanks to publications like this, the English-language jihobby movement is directly tracking with (albeit a few weeks behind) the Arabic jihadi world.

Here’s my conclusion: the USG can not allow this kind of growth in jihadi sophistication to continue unabated in the United States.

The problem, of course, is what to do with the Pest. The US has prosecuted "pen" jihadis before, only to fail on the First Amendment defense.

Thursday
13Aug2009

Uighurs Hack Back

According to the blog, The Dark Visitor - long-time observers of the underbelly of the Chinese internet - Uighur hackers have defaced a number of Chinese government websites.

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Wednesday
05Aug2009

Hacking Deep Ecology

Deep ecology, our illustrious editor reminded me the other day, is concerned with treating humans as members of a global and holistic biotic community. Proponents of deep ecology are usually considered part of the ‘green movement’, and support decentralisation of political and economic control, the creation of ecoregions, and generally fostering an ethical sense of human responsibility to the natural world. Not much in common, at face value, with Las Vegas, you might think.

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Tuesday
04Aug2009

Afghan Wire Hacked?

A few days ago, I found myself wondering why I hadn't received my weekly email round-up from Afghan Wire. When I went to check out the site, it looked like it had been pretty badly defaced. I checked it out again today, and it looks like the site owners have been repairing some of the damage. Here's a screenshot of the original view, from cache:

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Wednesday
29Jul2009

Charlie Don't Surf

or, "Cyberspace and the Viet Cong...". I've been reading through some of the excellent Opinio Juris book discussion on Kal Raustaria's Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? The Evolution Of Territoriality in American Law (OUP, 2009). Tim Zick's post on Cyber-Territoriality really caught my attention, particular with this quote from a June NYT report on cyberspace and privacy:

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Tuesday
21Jul2009

Science Fiction Meets Political Science

Serendipity - again! Drezner's got a piece, "Where Are Khamenei's Proxies?". Responding to Marc Lynch and Ezra Klein on Iran, he writes "I was struck by Ezra Klein's shrewd point about how truly powerful actors rely on proxies to fight their more vicious battles for them." Good, good, good...

Even better, I just stumbled over the trailer for the comic-book adaptation of The Surrogates (or is that the movie adaptation of the comic book?). Wired's Underwire (Ed: gasp! you read a Wired blog OTHER than

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Wednesday
15Jul2009

Jumping The (Cyber) Gun

There's little point in rehearsing the last ten days of press coverage of the 4th July cyberattacks but even at the time there was little evidence these attacks originated from North Korea even if some of the early signs pointed in that direction.

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