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This War Will Not Be Televised

By David Kim

An-My Lê, CAPTAIN FOLSOM (2003-04) Gelatin silver print, 26 x37.5 inches. Courtesy Murray Guy Gallery.

When the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard proclaimed "the gulf war did not take place,''1 war of a different kind broke out in which he was dismissed by the Right and even by some members of the Left as an irreverent postmodernist, a detached intellectual insensitive to the casualties and human suffering that had occurred during the first Gulf War. Baudrillard was denying that the actual combat had taken…

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