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Sexy, Sexy Cold War

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Years in a media studies grad school have condemned me to always be haunted by the gap between real-life tragedy and its afterlife as a media narrative.

In this vein, it recently struck me that the real-life horror, pain, dislocation and death caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine has had a separate, but palpable impact as a media spectacle elsewhere: it made war sexy again for Western liberals.

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