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By Sherrill E. Grace, Patrick Imbert, Tiffany Johnstone

As the centenary of the nice warfare techniques, electorate around the world are reflecting at the heritage, trauma, and losses of a war-torn 20th century. it's in remembering prior wars that we're right now faced with the profound horror and ache of armed clash and the expanding elusiveness of peace. The members to Bearing Witness don't presume to solve those troubling questions, yet impress new varieties of mirrored image. They discover literature, the humanities, heritage, language, and pop culture to maneuver past the language of rhetoric and commemoration supplied via politicians and the army. including nuance to discussions of struggle and peace, this assortment probes the knowledge and perception created within the works of musicians, dramatists, poets, painters, photographers, and novelists, to supply a posh view of the ways that battle is waged, witnessed, and remembered. A compelling and informative assortment, Bearing Witness sheds new gentle at the influence of battle and the ability of anguish, heroism and reminiscence, to show the human roots of violence and compassion. individuals comprise Heribert Adam (Simon Fraser University), Laura Brandon (Carleton University), Mireille Calle-Gruber (Université l. a. Sorbonne Nouvelle), Janet Danielson (Simon Fraser University), Sandra Djwa (emeritus, Simon Fraser University), Alan Filewod (University of Guelph), Sherrill Grace (University of British Columbia), Patrick Imbert (University of Ottawa), Tiffany Johnstone (PhD Candidate, college of British Columbia), Martin Löschnigg (Graz University), Lauren Lydic (PhD, collage of Toronto), Conny Steenman Marcusse (Netherlands), Jonathan Vance (University of Western Ontario), Aritha van Herk (University of Calgary), Peter C. van Wyck (Concordia University), Christl Verduyn (Mount Allison University), and Anne Wheeler (filmmaker).

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4 America’s Army focuses on individual skill and tactics, and to the extent that such games can be used to help train players to recognize and react in preset scenarios, they have individual impacts. They can be pedagogical, but they are not necessarily so: America’s Army might teach how to aim and fire an assault rifle, but Halo can’t really teach a player how to aim and fire a laser rifle, any more than World of Warcraft can teach how to cast firebolt spells. The question of social affect then is either particular to the nature of the game world, or to the player mechanics and experience.

In the logic of military culture, he is not a soldier because he has no honour, and he has no honour because he has no uniform. ”14 In the sense that warplay rehearses the procedures of warfare, it can be said to militarize war by reducing our understanding of war to the operations and structures of military forces, to requisition, parade, deployment, and manoeuvre, and to the structures that enable the privilege that Omar Khadr is denied. But warplay cannot testify to what it cannot enact. Every warplayer understands that play cannot cross the ontological boundary between performance and death, but the more problematic ethical challenge is that warplay manifests order but cannot play disorder.

4 America’s Army focuses on individual skill and tactics, and to the extent that such games can be used to help train players to recognize and react in preset scenarios, they have individual impacts. They can be pedagogical, but they are not necessarily so: America’s Army might teach how to aim and fire an assault rifle, but Halo can’t really teach a player how to aim and fire a laser rifle, any more than World of Warcraft can teach how to cast firebolt spells. The question of social affect then is either particular to the nature of the game world, or to the player mechanics and experience.

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