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Light It Up
The Marine Eye for Battle in the War for Iraq
John Pettegrew
Examines the U.S. Marines’ visual culture of combat in the Iraq War.

American military power in the War on Terror has increasingly depended on the capacity to see the enemy. The act of seeing—enhanced by electronic and digital technologies—has separated shooter from target, eliminating risk of bodily harm to the remote warrior, while YouTube videos eroticize pulling the trigger and video games blur the line between simulated play and fighting.
Light It Up examines the visual culture of the early twenty-first century military. Focusing on the Marine Corps, which played a critical part in the...Read more »
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