The Paul Virilio reader

S.C. Redhead

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A critic of the art of technology, Paul Virilio has taught us that much media image is a strategy of war and that accident is becoming indistinguishable from attack. In these times of fierce conflict over which kind of capitalism is to take over the shrinking globe, and indeed which modernities we will live in during the twenty-first century, Paul Virilio is a significant contemporary theorist. But Virilio’s work, originally published in French and stretching back to the 1950s, has until now been very difficult to access in full in English translation, available as it is in expensive little books or obscure catalogues and journals. The Paul Virilio Reader collects together for the first time readable extracts of Virilio’s work from the entire range of his career. It is prefaced by an editorial introduction showing that Virilio has produced important - if controversial - ‘theory at the speed of light’ that can uncannily illuminate the impact of new information and communications technologies in a world which collapses time and distance as never before.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, UK
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages192
ISBN (Print)0748620036
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2004

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