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Peter Childs

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620432

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620432.001.0001

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Newspaper Article: The Gulf War in Real Time and Virtual Space

Newspaper Article: The Gulf War in Real Time and Virtual Space

Approach: Hyperreality

(p.74) Chapter 7 Newspaper Article: The Gulf War in Real Time and Virtual Space

Peter Childs

Edinburgh University Press

The literary, however identified, may be said to include many examples of non-fiction, including works of journalism. Given the reporter’s quasi-objective relationship to history, the journalistic article was in some ways seen as a model for much literature in the 1930s, with a writer such as George Orwell specialising equally in fiction, essay-writing, and reportage, and a novelist such as Christopher Isherwood fashioning himself in fiction as a news camera ‘recording, not thinking’. Newspaper articles are in fact defined by their place of publication rather than their content, but there are certain likely formal characteristics or principles of journalistic writing to do with information-content, length, veracity, verisimilitude, argument, and so forth, though these are also highly variable and differ from feature writing to editorial and so on. The article that will be looked at in this chapter is the first in a series of three pieces written by Jean Baudrillard in 1991 about the war in the Gulf, or rather the lack of it.

Keywords:   Hyperreality, Jean Baudrillard, Gulf War, postmodernism, hyperreality

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