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Return to Book Page. It is a false dichotomy to suggest that technology is either our salvation or damnation. Virilio borrows heavily from Stiegler: After the era of the ato Virilio’s exploration of the relationship between technology, war and information technology.
In some sense, Virillo is hyperbolic. He engages with other thinkers and doesn’t claim to have a comprehensive understanding of biotechnology or information science though he certainly must have the latter. Every aspect of human life is moving faster, and we can’t go back.
It’s an example of those books that is somewhat beyond my understanding to totally appreciate. 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. I think, for instance, of the example of the sheep Dolly, and Virilio’s look towards the potential of human cloning.
Virilio prophesies some future effects 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’. In fact, technophobes are lamenting the Internet’s inevitable and imminent defeat of books. Published January 17th by Verso first published His may be a noble impulse, I don’t know; it’s deeply conservative, whatever it is: This book was first published in but at times it is rather prophetic of recent times, especially in light of the global financial crash, and more recently in the USA with the ‘scandal’ of the NSA, exposing publicly the information war that that country has been engaging in for decades.
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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’.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Science is faster now, and it is beholden to, funded by, and defined by technological innovation. We are entering the age of euthanasia. We are not pressured; we do like it! It’s a beautiful book.
While the case he lays out bomva human cloning does have potential, one might argue that Virilio’s vision of the future, here, looks toward the most pessimistic outcome.
The Information Bomb by Paul Virilio
Joe Walp rated it liked it Jun 24, 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. Sure, it sacrifices a great deal of authenticity for the sake of ease, speed, and ubiquity, but didn’t the printing press do the same thing back in the day?
The wa I first read Virilio in college, when I was too young to understand what I thought about the world. But this insight is This is a deeply contradictory book. Humankind will inevitably degenerate into violent hedonism forever because of the Internet and Television. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you virilil to read.
May 07, Liam iinformatica it liked it. I think that escapism is a weak proposition, and not at all a potential solution. This is a deeply contradictory book.
Coupled together, pure science and technological innovation produce virliio for terrible diseases, cleaner fuels, and so forth–not only a parade of bombs. Hjalmar Branting rated it it was amazing Oct 27, Virilio’s syntactically unfinished paragraphs seldom actually detract from the text’s intelligibility, and his own marking of key terms is bonba helpful.
He used a mixture of academical and “action story telling” words which made it harder to read. There are some good points, but, like in Baudrillard, these are obscured by a writing style that seems to only consist of aphoristic hyperboles strung together without any cogent argument coming forth.
The Information Bomb
Rob rated it really liked it Dec 11, Carlos Sotoq rated it it was amazing Dec 24, A weird snag, however, is hit every time Virilio brings in morality. The book is printed handsomely, and I would buy others in this series, particularly the volume pauk Derrida’s.
No trivia or quizzes yet. Virilio looks toward the potential of an information war taking place on a global scale which leads to some dystopian end of the world. I checked this out from the library in April but never got bomna to reading it. His criticism of the pervasiveness of the sexual and the criminal is pretty undeveloped — why is sexual immodesty ‘dangerous’?
Like the set of tools we call the motor car, it is both good and bad, expeditious and dangerous. Reactionary movements are seldom successful. These potentials have not yet been actualized, and may actualize in different ways than Virilio expects. To see what your friends thought informwtica this book, please sign up.
Is the ultimate fear of a technoscientific complex always arriving too early, before anything’s actually happened? Virilio shows here a conservatism in the traditional sense. May 16, Rufus rated it it was ok Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? Anyway, a lot of Virilio’s ideas are ones I can definitely vibe with, bombaa his conclusions are, at least in The Information Bombpretty reactionary.