Sunday 5 September 2010

From Gameboy to Armageddon

For those of you who missed it first time around or who haven’t downloaded it from speechification, BBC Radio 3 is repeating ‘From Gameboy to Armageddon’, my recent feature on the military-entertainment complex.

Looking back on the making of this programme a number of moments present themselves once again: the long and detailed conversations with Tim Lenoir about his amazing ‘Theaters of War’ paper, written with Henry Lowood, talking with the legendary Jack Thorpe on the benefits of introducing West Point cadets to the delights of science fiction  and – perhaps the most vivid of all – my girlish screams when about to be squashed by a runaway US Army Humvee in the ‘Virtual Iraq’ CAVE at Reading University. Clausewitz, I am sure, would have had something to say about that – Mark Burman, my producer certainly did.

The show goes out between 9.30 and 10.15 pm on September 7. 2010 – find out more by clicking here .

See also:
‘From Gameboy to Armageddon’ Online
‘From Gameboy to Armageddon’ Programme Details
Full Spectrum Dominator  

Pictured above: ‘Army Col. Michael J. Roy, left, who oversees the “Virtual Iraq” exposure therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, conducts a demonstration of a life-like simulator that represents a new form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment with Army Sgt. Lenearo Ashford, Technical Services Branch, Uniformed Services University, on Sept. 16, 2008, in Washington, D.C.’ - from Out on the Porch: American Press Services News

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