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A similar man in the Iron Age would have used a sword, I supposed, or waited for cancer to consume him, horribly. What attracted me was the book’s appearance. It’s a useful set of tools.

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In conclusion, Virilio’s represents the most dangerous and disingenuous type of science communication, which is faux- or pseudo-communication. Here are just a few choice lowlights from Virilio’s attempt to scare us out of the future: Joe Walp rated it liked it Jun 24, Abtok rated it really liked it Jun 01, The wa I first read Virilio in college, when I was too young to understand what I thought about the world.

To r read this instead – https: Matt Hanson rated it really liked it Feb 10, 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. The world will inevitably devalue human life.


Feb 27, Anny Sweet rated it liked it. Refresh and try again. I think, for instance, of the example of the sheep Dolly, and Virilio’s look towards the potential of human cloning. Jun 23, Keith Seekwhence marked it as to-read.

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 ? Nov 03, Andrew added it Shelves: It’s an vitilio of those books that is somewhat beyond my oa to totally appreciate. In these things, he is correct – rapid transmission of images and ideas has had a rapid effect on culture, perhaps not seen since the Industrial Revolution or the printing press.

After the era of the ato Virilio’s exploration of the relationship between technology, war and information technology. The Information Bomb spans everything from Fukuyama to Larry Flynt, the Sensation exhibition of New British Art to space travel, all seen through the optic of Virilio’s trenchant and committed theoretical position. Virilio has nothing new or lx to add here. When it comes to all that makes a book of theory either deeply challenging but deeply rewarding in detailed analysis that leads to gestalt theory Stiegler, Derrida, Deleuze, Negarestani, Serres or zany and discipline-jumping but surprisingly tight in logic and rewarding in novel insight into the human condition Bataille, Baudrillard, Foucault, Latour First encountered bomva book one bored afternoon spent in the college library.

Stiegler very rigorously engages with the entire phenomenological tradition, with raw data about Internet usage and television ownership, with fact and theory. Virilio’s writing is in-depth and insightful, and not extremely difficult viriluo understand. I think that this is a mistake. 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’ lnformatica the NSA, exposing publicly the information war that that country has been engaging in for decades.


One can easily sympathize with the conservative move towards technophobia, which Virilio could be accused of, and yet many of his examples only look at a single pail, and derive potentials from those cases. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Lists with This Book. 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 Feb 12, Jacob rated it liked it Shelves: These potentials have not yet been actualized, and may actualize in different ways than Virilio expects.

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Why not name him? Apr 19, Hadrian rated it liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Which would drive the terrible organ harvesters out of business?

May 09, Ivan Labayne rated it it was ok Shelves: But I’m straying too far from the text.