The Flames of War (HUM425)

You might want to look at what is purported to be the new ISIS video titled “Flames of War”. Youtube is apparently taking it down, but it keeps popping up. Notably it is much more visually complex than the recent videos of Foley and others. It is also somehow less disturbing I would argue because it seems to participate within a whole tradition of hyperreal war cinema. Frankly, it feels like a trailer for some War on Terror action flick. Matthew Weaver, at the UK Guardian, provides a formal analysis: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/17/islamic-state-video-threatens-white-house-us-troops