The Paul Virilio Reader
If nothing else, the war in Iraq and the 1991 Gulf War have taught us much about media and technology as key players in how war is waged, packaged for public consumption, and exported in real time to the rest of the globe. A critic of the art of technology, Paul Virilio has keenly observed that media images quite often constitute a strategy of war and that accident is becoming indistinguishable from attack. For more than fifty years Virilio has offered incisive and provocative criticism on technology and its moral, political, and cultural implications. Yet until now, much of his work, originally published in French, remains elusive in full English translation.
"The Paul Virilio Reader" collects for the first time English extracts reflecting the entire range of Virilio's diverse career. The book's introduction demonstrates that Virilio has produced an important -- if controversial -- "theory at the speed of light" that uncannily illuminates the impact of new information and communications technologies in a world that collapses time and distance as never before. The inventor of "dromology," which views speed as a defining concept for contemporary civilization, Virilio is noted for his proclamation that the logic of ever-increasing acceleration lies at the heart of the organization and transformation of the contemporary world.
Arranged chronologically, the Reader illustrates the development and interconnectedness of Virilio's work. Each extract is prefaced by bibliographical and contextual commentary, and the book includes an innovative guide to reading Virilio.
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Review: The Paul Virilio ReaderUser Review - Tara Brabazon - Goodreads
I am biased, because Steve is my husband! But I have used Virilio for many years in my work, but in a scattergun fashion. Steve's single authored book and the Reader created a much more consolidated use of Virilio on my work, particularly in relation to Baudrillard. Read full review
Review: The Paul Virilio ReaderUser Review - Goodreads
less revolutionary for my thinking that i thought it would be. but still worth thinking through, it's easier once you figure out how he thinks. i would like to read more of his work on the accident, though
Theory at the Speed of Light by Steve Redhead
The End of the Proletariat
The Aesthetics of Disappearance
The Overexposed City
The Data Coup dEtat
From Sexual Perversion to Sexual Diversion
Delirious New York
The Information Bomb
Strategy of Deception
Silence on Trial
The Paul Virilio Reader
The Paul Virilio Reader. Edited by Steve Redhead. Paper, 208 pages, none ISBN: 978-0-231-13483-5 $27.00. November, 2004 Cloth, 208 pages, none ...
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