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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; Second printing edition (17 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844670597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844670598
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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One of the most original thinkers of our time.

Virilio makes his prose do somersaults through flaming conceptual hoops, inventing new words to explain ideas that would be difficult to reach if the trip weren't so much fun.

"Anyone who has ever secretly wished that Foucault would get to the point will relish the sudden hooks and jabs of revealed sense."--"New York Times"

"Virilio makes his prose do somersaults through flaming conceptual hoops, inventing new words to explain ideas that would be difficult to reach if the trip weren't so much fun."--"Metro Santa Cruz"

"One of the most original thinkers of our time."--"Liberation"

Anyone who has ever secretly wished that Foucault would get to the point will relish the sudden hooks and jabs of revealed sense. New York Times
Virilio makes his prose do somersaults through flaming conceptual hoops, inventing new words to explain ideas that would be difficult to reach if the trip weren t so much fun. Metro Santa Cruz
One of the most original thinkers of our time. Liberation"

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"Civilization or the militarization of science?" With this typically hyperbolic and provocative question as a starting point, Paul Virilio explores the dominion of techno-science, cyberwar and the new information technologies over our lives . . . and deaths. 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. We are entering the age of euthanasia.

These exhilarating bulletins from the information war extend the range of Virilio's work. 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 writes in the subversive tradition of Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard and Theodore Roszak." Publishers Weekly

"One of the most original thinkers of our time." - Liberation --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Right at the beginning of this book, Virilio characterises contemporary science as techno-science, obsessed with operational matters rather than exploratory research. Science has lost its way and its resolutory truth has given way to an operational reality; this decline is hidden by the very success of its devices and tools.

In particular, current technological development has meant the introduction of instantaneity into our experience of the world: virtual reality involves a delocalisation of the world, a foreshortening of geography and thereby the destruction of cultures that exist in a separate physical space. Everything is continuously in the light of a false day and our temporal location is in 'world time' so that time as well as space is condensed in our experience. All this is created by the temporal compression of both transport and the transmission of information and is facilitated by the spread of tele-surveillance.

The socio-cultural effects of these developments (television, internet, mobile phones) include fading individuality, 'memories turned into junkshops of images,' an obsession with the immediate, immaturity (infantilism), universal voyeurism, a revolution in the notion of neighbourhood so that it is divorced from the temporal and spatial unity of physical cohabitation. The gaze of the single eye becomes globalised.

Hence the book's title. The information bomb follows the atomic bomb and everything is globalised and flattened. Interactivity is to information as radioactivity is to energy. The work/private life distinction disappears. It is impossible to distinguish between information and disinformation. Politics and the democratic regulation of markets and science disappear and we are left with the cybernetic control of states and communities.
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Virilo writes with great power and moral purpose. This is a book from what looks like to me his transitional stage, that is, marking the earlier more tightly written works, out from the later more overtly emotional more obscure texts.
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i love it very impressed indeed
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I've read before Virilio's "Escape Velocity" which I think was a good but not necessary help to really get into this piece of work. Some concepts of EV were used in "Information Bomb" but I guess they can be understood quite easily anyway.
For those who don't like typical French metaphors I wouldn't recommend this book but for those like me who do these images make us think ourselves instead of reading ready-made answers.
As I am a nearly-graduated MSc in control engineering IF forces me to rethink about work I'm going to do and usefulness and motivation of research in this area. Take all the promises of information society (and tehcnical development as whole)...:
All the promises are exposed to be just over-optimistic dreams and what carries on is nothing but short memory and childish eagerness to reach for the limits of information highway.
Don't mention Lysenko and michurinism..
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thanksxxx
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