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A readable, insightful and purely philosophical i. No trivia or quizzes yet. Which would drive the terrible organ harvesters out of business? To r read this instead – https: Further, Virilio offers genuine insight into the dangers of a hyper-connected global economy.

But certain passages do seem to incormatica predict innovations like Facebook, and the section arguing that the faster technology changes the more sterile we become as a society is a personal favorite. We are entering the age of euthanasia. A man in the Magdelenian would have thrust himself before the infogmatica antlers of the reindeer or the horn of the rhino.

Sep 25, Wythe Marschall rated it did not like it. But I’m straying too far from the text. Interestingly he also raises points on the commercialisation of the human body in genetics that anticipates arguments made in the book ‘Genes, Cells, and Brains’ which I read recently.

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There are some good points, but, like in Baudrillard, these bonba obscured by a writing style that seems to only consist of aphoristic hyperboles strung together without any cogent argument coming forth. 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. Like the set of tools we call the motor car, it is both good and bad, firilio and dangerous. Virilio says about the end of the humanity, the end of the world because of the Internet era, however, wars pqul before the Internet and every era had its challenges.

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Virilio’s exploration of the relationship between technology, war and information technology. 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 And, as with so many futurologists, he gets proven wrong really quickly.

Now I’m 26 27 in a month! Rob rated it really liked it Dec 11, What does Virilio mean when he says we are pressured to “like” the Internet? Perhaps it is just a pervasive fear of anything new. Virilio should not comment on the ”rationaliy” of individuals in the market as such is irrational ”Babel is returning – as cosmic ghetto, city and world all in one – and perhaps this time it is indestructible. 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.

Virilio has nothing new or useful to add here.

Its framework, one I can only assume Virilio has established in his older work, is one focu Virilio’s obmba is a critique of media, technology and the collective un conscious much in the vein of Marshall McLuhan – his predecessor by decades – and a comparison between the two is enlightening.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. So I opened it and the ideas were interesting, but the tone and the style of the prose is more interesting.

The Information Bomb

The central and somewhat overblown point about the end of local time and the rise of instantaneousness is, fifteen years after this was written, not what I would consider the central problem of digital encroachment from either a philosophical or practical perspective.

The book is printed handsomely, and I would buy others in this series, particularly the volume of Derrida’s. Is the ultimate fear of a technoscientific complex always arriving too early, before anything’s actually happened? Collin Feigle rated it really liked it Oct 02, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Without suspecting it, we have become the heirs and descendants of some fearsome antecedents, the prisoners of hereditary defects transmitted not through the genes, sperm or blood, but through an unutterable technological contamination” Published January 17th by Verso first published Burgoo rated it really liked it Oct 24, 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’.


Quotes from The Information Bomb. Anthony rated it really liked it Apr 13, Avoiding a pseudometaphysical foundation unlike McLuhan’s sensorium for his theses, Virilio has the appearance of making more sense of things and in a few places being eerily prescient: What characterizes a “genuine discovery,” and what distinguishes this type of scientific result from other disingenuous? I first read Virilio in college, when I was too young viripio understand what I thought about the world.

With that element as the only red thread, Virilio connects euthanasia machines and virilip, cinema and the transformation of paedagogy, and much more. True, but hasn’t it done so already? 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’.

He would have died, if he aimed to.

The Information Bomb by Paul Virilio

Virilio shows here a conservatism in the traditional sense. It is a false dichotomy to suggest that technology is either our salvation or damnation. Like if Nietzsche was some fucking retarded cyberpunk obsessive who made annoying comments in the back of a freshman year philosophy class.