WARFARE – The Darkness of the Future
by Bodwyn Wook
This videogramme gives a convincing portrayal of the brief Battleship Age that came to a head at the Battle of Jutland, 30-31 May 1916, and was done for on 7 December 1941 at Pearl Harbour & off Malaya on 10 December 1941, with the sinking of HMS Prince of Wales & HMS Repulse:
At Jutland, there was little radio except short-wave communication with headquarters ashore, no radar & gunnery was controlled by flag- & light-signals harking back to Admiral Lord Nelson in 1805 at Trafalgar. In the 1920s, U S Army General Billy Mitchell pointed to the doom of the battleship to come through airpower.
In short, the bomber & torpedo aeroplane, with its capacity to get ahead of the limited electronic information-resources of the era & stay ahead long enough to deliver its fatal attacks, would doom an extensive technology both magnificent & already doomed when most of the keels were laid in the first part of the twentieth century.
Now, on the point of thinking historically, to-day we stand completely outside of the former Late Modern Age & its battleships; and, uncertainly to to-morrow we wade, awash in data, giga bytes & ‘information’; and, all but sunk like the battleships of the old time, in the precious looming spoils everywhere of…data-mining.
And, still our quondam enemies, so fascinating to all our media, drive home their wicked attacks with cruel & enraging…intermittancy.
The question for the historian therefore must be, in what way will the new-for-now weapons of high-technological professional warfare be confounded, swamped & driven to the bottom of the sea of History?
What indeed are the new weapons as yet not even perceived by us digital ‘new men’ all bathed in our staticky smarms of flux & pixels & the insinuant soft caresses of…peer-review?
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[20 June 2013]