Baudrillard reified the spectacular nature of Desert Storm’s media coverage with his famous phrase “The Gulf War never happened”. (Baudrillard was, of course, being provocative: what he meant was that there is only a very loose association between the actual gulf war & what the media depicted it as.)

And, of course, the Emergency Broadcast Network made subversive mashups of Gulf War propaganda footage a cornerstone of its video installations and performances.

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