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Return to Book Page. Now I’m 26 27 in a month! Joe Walp rated it liked it Jun 24, 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 At times, the reader is even led to lz that Virilio is arguing more from a general culturally conservative point of view, rather than an actively critical one.

Feb 12, Jacob rated it liked it Shelves: Like Adorno, Bo,ba and McLuhan more optimistic than the first two, more critical viirlio the last oneVirilio stresses the importance of the inconvenient, the inefficient and the critical: I think that escapism is a weak proposition, ivrilio not at all a potential solution.

The bombz must inevitably become molded into one culture But it hasn’t? Virilio has the foresight to recognize them, but not the fortitude to address virilil. Its framework, one I can only assume Virilio has established in his older work, is one focusing on velocity of travel, of information, of progress, Isn’t cultural infantilizing stimulating mass passivity and political withdrawal, rather than pushing disaffected youth into massive “vandalism and theft”?

After the era of the atomic bomb, Virilio posits invormatica era of genetic and information bombs which replace the apocalyptic bang of nuclear death with the whimper of a subliminally reinforced eugenics. 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’.

We are not pressured; we do like it! In this pessimistic outlook at the future of information, Paul Virilio shows us the negative potentialities, or, in some cases, actualities, of an interconnected globalism.


Virilio makes the case that the interconnectedness of globalization has led to a plane wherein geography is negated, so that localism becomes extrinsic and In this pessimistic outlook at the future of information, Paul Virilio shows us the negative potentialities, or, in some cases, actualities, of an interconnected globalism.

He bashes sexuality, all technological progress, and all global inter-connectivity.

It’s a useful set of tools. This tabula rasa is an ideal situation, a prime opportunity for a scientific futurology which declares itself resolutely schizophrenic and advocates the complete virtualization of living matter, ‘humanity being what remains when you have taken from human beings all that can be touched and all can be seen” ”Human beings could still cherish the hope of surviving themselves while at the same time having ceased to exist” ”It heaps up, accumulates and condenses in each of us the full range of visual, social, psycho-motor, affective, intellectual, sexual, etc.

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Sure, it bimba 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? I think that the points that Virilio talks about are important, and integral to an understanding of the global political world in which we live, but we should also make affirmative moves towards something. Like if Nietzsche was some fucking retarded cyberpunk obsessive who made annoying comments in the back of a freshman year philosophy class.

I think that this is a mistake. Virilio says about the end of informtica humanity, the end of the world because of the Internet era, however, wars existed before the Internet and every era had its challenges. Anyway, a lot of Virilio’s ideas are ones I can definitely vibe with, but his conclusions are, at least apul The Information Bombpretty reactionary.

Stiegler very rigorously engages with the entire phenomenological tradition, with raw data about Internet usage and television ownership, with fact and theory. Lists with This Book.

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Perhaps it is just a pervasive fear of anything new. Is the ultimate fear of a technoscientific complex always arriving too early, before informarica actually happened? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Despite The Information Bomb ‘s habit of interweaving the important and the anecdotal, the reader is never left floundering.


Attention spans are shortening as we are becoming smarter in the quasi-autistic sense, at compiling vividly and efficiently raw sets of data, through cyber-interaction. But I’m straying too far from the text.

I don’t think it’s very relevant or useful to cite a string of science fictions, Hiroshima, and assisted suicide which I believe has been convincingly argued for and conclude that mankind is screwed. Virilio’s treatise here shouldn’t be dismissed as naive, hypocritical or holding onto an antiquated reference point in an world of unstable vicissitudes, for such latter breathes evidence to how impersonal contemporary man has become, a being whom will scornfully deride those who depart caution against the master-signifier of technology ever held in reverence for desires immortal.

The Information Bomb by Paul Virilio

These exhilarating bulletins from the information war extend the range of Virilio’s work. On a minor note: The way I see it, the Internet isn’t going anywhere, so why rage against it? What does Virilio mean when he says we are pressured to “like” the Internet? These potentials have not yet been actualized, and may actualize in different ways than Virilio expects. Jul 20, Martin rated it liked it. There are some good points, vurilio, 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.

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Kate rated it it was ok Nov 19, While the case he lays out about human cloning does have potential, one might argue that Virilio’s vision of the future, here, looks toward the most pessimistic outcome. I first read Virilio in informwtica, when I was too young to understand what I thought about the world.

I think, for instance, of the example of the sheep Dolly, and Virilio’s look towards the potential of human cloning.