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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. May 07, Liam rated it liked it.

Virilio borrows heavily from Stiegler: Humankind will inevitably degenerate into violent hedonism forever because of the Internet and Television. But certain passages do seem to accurately 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.

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The Information Bomb by Paul Virilio

Avoiding a pseudometaphysical foundation unlike McLuhan’s sensorium for his theses, Virilio has the appearance of making virilip sense of things and in a few places being eerily prescient: 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.

In these things, he is correct – rapid transmission of images and ideas virilii had a rapid effect on culture, perhaps not seen since the Industrial Revolution or the printing press. Virilio shows here a conservatism in the traditional sense. It’s an example of those books that is somewhat beyond my understanding to totally appreciate. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Anyway, a lot of Virilio’s ideas are ones I can definitely vibe with, but his conclusions are, at least in The Inforjatica Bombpretty reactionary. The way I see it, the Internet isn’t going anywhere, so why rage against it?


Isn’t cultural infantilizing stimulating mass passivity and political withdrawal, rather than pushing disaffected youth into massive “vandalism and theft”? 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 Further, Virilio offers genuine insight into the dangers of a hyper-connected global economy.

On a minor note: 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, After the era of the atomic bomb, Virilio posits an era of genetic and information bombs which replace the apocalyptic bang of nuclear death with the whimper of a subliminally reinforced eugenics. True, but hasn’t it done so already?

Apr 19, Hadrian rated it liked it Shelves: Despite The Information Bomb ‘s habit of interweaving the important and the anecdotal, the reader is never left floundering. Like Baudrillard, but without that writer’s incontestable eloquence, Virilio charges confidently and glibly into and beyond the horizons of various contemporary techniques.

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Diamond rated it really liked it Oct 26, In some sense, Virillo is hyperbolic. No one’s saying we should do away with books.

Is Virilio serious in his attack on human cloning, on a nonexistent industry, on a technique used for medical science–in short, on the promise of tissue regeneration and organ growth? Here, exactly and always where it counts, Virilio comes up short.

La Bomba Informatica

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I think, for instance, of the example of the sheep Dolly, and Virilio’s look towards the potential of human cloning. Hjalmar Branting rated it it was amazing Oct 27, Paul Virilio is a cultural theorist and urbanist. Science is faster now, and it is beholden to, funded by, and defined by technological innovation.

The Information Bomb

We cannot know the future. Georges Roque, 47, caused by art’s consideration as a consumer product to a hyper-excessive fetishization ”We can envisage suffering passing without complaint; horrors going unbewailed, not that here would be anyone to hear the wailing; and anxieties going bombaa a prayer – and without even an analysis” 72 Scientific voyeurism as the use of an dead Inuit’s skeleton for display exhibition, without the living son’s permission or knowledge, -he was not told even at the staged funeral Infantalism of modern culture, technology as prime facie desire for immortality Agree with Virilio’s assessment of Nietzsche as ”not a philosopher” 98 as a means of praise in re-inquiring into all value judgements, presenting him and Marx as a ”paranoid interpreters of the apocalypic ultimatum of youth battling with the irreversibility of time” What attracted me was the book’s appearance.


Though knowing, bonba Stiegler [via Heidegger], that all we are is built of what came before? 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.

But this insight is This is a deeply contradictory book. 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 ingormatica 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. A man in the Magdelenian would have thrust himself before the goring antlers of bombaa reindeer or the horn of the rhino. He knows just enough to throw doomsday together with some borrowed verve. And, as with so many futurologists, he gets proven wrong really quickly.