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But certain passages do seem to accurately predict innovation A readable, insightful and purely philosophical i. Its framework, one I can only assume Virilio has established in his older work, is one focusing on velocity of travel, of information, of progress, A similar man in the Iron Age would have used a sword, I supposed, or waited for cancer to consume him, horribly.

True, but hasn’t it done so already? But certain passages do seem to accurately predict innovations like Facebook, and the section bokba that the faster technology changes the more sterile we become as a society is a personal favorite.

No one’s saying we should do away with books. Further, Virilio offers genuine insight into the dangers of a hyper-connected viilio economy. Virilio’s syntactically unfinished paragraphs seldom actually detract from the text’s intelligibility, and his own marking of key terms is very helpful. He concludes that mankind is potentially screwed, and he sets forth specific educational steps to help us get un-fucked. After the era of the ato Virilio’s exploration of the relationship between technology, war and information technology.

The book is informaticca handsomely, and I would buy others in this series, particularly the volume of Derrida’s. Which would drive the terrible organ harvesters out of business?

Virilio links, among other things, an increasingly globalised commercial world with the control of information by the USA, and its pressure for global free trade with global hegemonic information war. May 09, Ivan Labayne rated it it was ok Shelves: Isn’t cultural infantilizing stimulating mass passivity and political withdrawal, rather than pushing disaffected youth into massive “vandalism and theft”?


Perhaps it is just a pervasive fear of anything new. This is a deeply contradictory book. Virilio says about the end of the humanity, the end of the world because of the Internet era, however, wars existed before the Internet and every era had its challenges.

Jul 20, Martin rated it viriljo it. What attracted me was the book’s appearance. In this pessimistic outlook at the future of information, Paul Virilio shows us bomna negative potentialities, or, in some cases, actualities, of an interconnected globalism.

Each new age has its new difficulties in addition to the old ones. We are not pressured; we do like it! That’s as far as my attempt at positivity re Paul Virilio goes. Virilio makes the virikio that the interconnectedness of globalization has led to a plane wherein geography is negated, so psul localism becomes extrinsic and In this pessimistic outlook at the future of information, Paul Virilio shows us the negative potentialities, or, in some cases, actualities, of an interconnected globalism.

Stiegler never resorts to fearmongering. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But this insight is cloaked in hyperbolic fear mongering, and an eternal ‘slippery slope’.

The Information Bomb by Paul Virilio

Want to Read saving…. Every aspect of human life is moving faster, and we can’t go back. Coupled together, pure science and technological innovation produce cures for terrible diseases, cleaner fuels, and so forth–not only a parade of bombs.

Jun 23, Keith Seekwhence marked it as to-read. A weird boma, however, is hit every time Virilio brings in morality. Is Virilio serious in his attack on human cloning, on a nonexistent industry, on a technique used for medical science–in short, on inforamtica promise of tissue regeneration and organ growth? May 22, razonabilidad rated it did not like it Shelves: Paul Virilio is a cultural theorist and urbanist. He is no Baudrillard, who dreamed much bigger and in brighter colors.

A science of excess, the eclipse of the real in aesthetics of disappearance, concerned only with the effect revealed by truth than a new discovery. We are entering the age of euthanasia.


The Information Bomb

Without suspecting it, we have become the heirs and oa of some fearsome antecedents, the prisoners of hereditary defects transmitted not through the genes, sperm or blood, but through an unutterable technological contamination” A man in the Magdelenian would have thrust himself before the goring antlers of the reindeer or the horn of the rhino. It may be better to look towards someone like Donna Haraway in order to see viriilio revolutionary potential within techno-informatics that Virilio seems so antagonistic towards.

Virilio prophesies some future virilo of this information revolution, ranging from the bombardment of advertisements to the rapid transmission of information, to cybercrime, wars of information, the commodification of human life, and perhaps even ‘viral marketing’. A very negative view on the present and the future with some good points but no backup or argument.

But we can at least laugh, at our ignorance and our continually hope, like Charlie Brown teeing up to kick the football out of Lucy’s tergiversating hands It’s a useful set of tools. Feb pahl, Anny Sweet rated it liked it. What characterizes a “genuine discovery,” and what distinguishes this type of scientific result from other disingenuous? It is a false dichotomy to suggest that technology is either our salvation or damnation.

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PaperbackVerso Radical Thinkerspages. I checked this out from the library in April but never got around to reading it. Virilio should not comment on the ”rationaliy” of individuals in the market as such is irrational ”Babel is returning – as cosmic ghetto, city and world all in one – and perhaps this time it is indestructible.

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