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Listening to WarSound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq$
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J. Martin Daughtry

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199361496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199361496.001.0001

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Mobile Music in the Military

Mobile Music in the Military

(p.219) 6 Mobile Music in the Military
Listening to War

J. Martin Daughtry

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the history of the militarization of the iPod portable media player during the first six years of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Drawing on interviews and correspondence with American military service members and Iraq War veterans, the chapter documents how iPods and the music they contained were used to smooth and hasten the passage of time, tether service members to their civilian lives back home, memorialize the deaths of fallen comrades, “pump up” troops for combat, maintain their focus on missions, and calm them down at the end of the day. The chapter also illuminates the degree to which the iPod evolved into a thoroughly militarized prosthetic technology—one deployed in the service of media consumption, one-way translation, interrogation, crowd dispersal, intelligence gathering, “winning hearts and minds,” and even precision shooting in the field.

Keywords:   iPods, mobile music studies, war, violence, translation, heavy metal, PSYOPS, Operation Iraqi Freedom, LRADs, Abu Ghraib

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