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Loss of time intervals, endless feedback Avoiding a pseudometaphysical foundation unlike McLuhan’s sensorium for his theses, Virilio has the appearance of making more sense of things and in a few places being eerily prescient: Reactionary movements are seldom successful.

Perhaps it is just a pervasive fear of anything new.

Rob rated it really liked it Dec 11, I am reminded of a few paranoids on the far-right who blame video games for mass violence as though murder did not exist before ?

Coupled together, pure science and technological innovation produce cures for terrible diseases, cleaner fuels, and so forth–not only a parade of bombs. Kate rated it it was ok Nov 19, At times, the reader is even led to believe that Virilio is arguing more from a general culturally conservative point of view, rather than an actively critical one.

The central and somewhat overblown point about the end of local time and the rise of instantaneousness is, fifteen years after this was written, not what I would consider the central problem of digital encroachment from either a philosophical or practical perspective. Return to Book Page. But this insight is This is a deeply contradictory book. Virilio has the foresight to recognize them, but not the fortitude to address them. 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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La Bomba Informatica

Virilio’s writing is in-depth and insightful, and not extremely difficult to understand. 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 The world will boba devalue human life. His criticism of the pervasiveness of the sexual and the criminal is pretty undeveloped — why is sexual immodesty ‘dangerous’? Despite The Information Bomb ‘s habit of interweaving the important and the anecdotal, the reader is never left floundering.

Though knowing, via Stiegler [via Heidegger], that all we are is built of what came before? Books by Paul Virilio.

Fouzi rated it it was amazing Dec 19, He used a mixture of academical and “action story telling” words which made it harder to read. It may be better to look towards someone like Donna Haraway in order to see the revolutionary potential within techno-informatics that Virilio seems so antagonistic towards.

Jul 20, Martin rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

To ask other readers questions about The Information Bombplease inforatica up. Thanks for telling us about the problem. These exhilarating bulletins from the information war extend the range of Virilio’s work. In some sense, Virillo is hyperbolic. He concludes that mankind is potentially screwed, and he sets forth specific educational steps to help us get un-fucked.

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In fact, technophobes are lamenting the Internet’s inevitable and imminent defeat of informqtica. I think that escapism is a weak proposition, and not at all a potential solution. He engages with other thinkers lla doesn’t paup to have a comprehensive understanding of biotechnology or information science though he certainly must have the latter. It is a false dichotomy to suggest that technology is either our salvation or damnation.

Like Baudrillard, but without that writer’s incontestable eloquence, Virilio charges confidently and glibly into and beyond the horizons of various con The book is printed handsomely, and I would buy others in this series, particularly the volume of Derrida’s. Do I hate and fear this?


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The world must inevitably become molded into one culture But it hasn’t? Like if Nietzsche was some fucking retarded cyberpunk obsessive who made annoying comments in the back of a freshman year philosophy class.

Virilio says about the end of the humanity, the birilio of the world because of the Internet era, however, wars existed before the Internet and every era had its challenges. We are not pressured; we do like it!

The way I see it, the Internet isn’t going anywhere, so why rage against it? I think that the points that Virilio talks about are important, and integral to an understanding of the global political world in informxtica we live, but we should also make affirmative moves towards something. No trivia or quizzes yet. Abtok rated it really liked it Jun 01, And, as with inforjatica many futurologists, he gets proven wrong really quickly.

Virilio makes the case that the interconnectedness of globalization has led to a plane wherein geography is negated, so that localism becomes extrinsic and the ‘Here’ is erased completely and these two are replaced by the intrinsic globalism and the ‘Now’.

Radical Thinkers 1 – 10 of 36 books. 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. So I opened it and the ideas were interesting, but the tone and the style of the prose is more interesting. His will, via whatever technique was available to him in his technical milieu, would have triumphed.