Speed and politics
Speed and Politics (first published in France in 1977) is the matrix of Virilio's entire work. Building on the works of Morand, Marinetti, and McLuhan, Virilio presents a vision more radically political than that of any of his French contemporaries: speed as the engine of destruction. Speed and Politics presents a topological account of the entire history of humanity, honing in on the technological advances made possible through the militarization of society. Paralleling Heidegger's account of technology, Virilio's vision sees speed—not class or wealth—as the primary force shaping civilization. In this "technical vitalism," multiple projectiles—inert fortresses and bunkers, the "metabolic bodies" of soldiers, transport vessels, and now information and computer technology—are launched in a permanent assault on the world and on human nature. Written at a lightning-fast pace, Virilio's landmark book is a split-second, overwhelming look at how humanity's motivity has shaped the way we function today, and what might come of it.
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Review: Speed and Politics (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents)User Review - Goodreads
found this really frustrating, I do not think it has aged well but mainly because so much of its observations have been embraced and reiterated. It comes across as very obvious and in some areas incredibly lazy with its hasty connections.
Review: Speed and Politics (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents)User Review - Scott - Goodreads
"History progresses at the speed of its weapons systems" OK, so I make a living being a web developer with a specialty in social networks. Does that mean I'm even more of a hypocrite if I read Paul ... Read full review
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