Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Viewing the Battle from Afar

The initial idea for this series came from a short episode in Flaubert's L'Éducation Sentimentale, where Frédéric and Rosanette leave Paris when the Revolution of 1848 erupts and they view the battle from the hills outside the city. It is a kind of perverse honeymoon for them. I subsequently became interested in the invention of binoculars and their use in warfare and recreation; it seems very much ancestral to our present society's use of televised warfare as entertainment, as well as to the increased use of mediation in the military's administration of destruction.

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