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The Virilio Reader (Wiley Blackwell Readers) Hardcover – 17 Aug 1998

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"... the material could not be in better editorial hands. If there is a scholar within contemporary international relations who has done as much as Virilio outside it to investigate these sort of concerns, and who has the breadth of knowledge and the linguistic and intellectual engagement to offer an overall account of Virilio′s corpus, it is Der Derian. His introduction to this volume is characteristically well written, thoughtful, wryly amusing and a model of concise exposition. His interview with Virilio, which forms two chapters of the book, is both a real dialogue and at the same time an illuminating tour d′horizon of Virilio′s concerns. Whether you agree or disagree, with Virilio or Der Derian or both, try this book for you will be confronted with an elegant sampling of wide and pespicacious oeuvre that deals with important and difficult issues: a Virilio reader indeed." Nicholas Rengger, University of St Andrews

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Over a diverse career as a professor of architecture, urbanist, film critic, military historian, and peace strategist, Paul Virilio has produced over a dozen influential books that chart new territory on the impact of new technologies on society, war and the media, the virtualization of international politics and most notably, for his theories on speed as the dominant element of modern life.

Representing the next wave of French social theorists, Virilio′s unique perspectives on modern society will capture the attention of the social sciences, computer sciences, communications and humanities as well as general readers interested in the impact of new technology on everyday life. In this remarkable collection of English language translations, The Virilio Reader contains five new translations: The Suicidal State, The Critical Space, The Strategy Beyond, Polar Inertia and The Desert Screen, and an interview conducted by Der Derian with Virilio in a Paris café, along with his other most influential works that have appeared over his vast career.

Also includes: Military Space, The State of Emergency, A Traveling Shot Over Eighty Years, The Vision Machine, The Art of the Motor, and Continental Drift.

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HASH(0xa27e81b0) out of 5 stars The CyberCosmos, Reality and Virilio... 19 Nov. 2001
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....although, nothing could have predicted the tragedy of Sept 11, and the ensuing military action against Afghanistan, there are plenty of theorists who have predicted that momentous changes will come about because of our computer age. Many of these philosophers, scientists and artists come from the French theorist group that have included folks like Jean Baudrillard, Foucoult, Camus and the like, who some like to call postmodernists, other like to call deconstructionists and still others may call death mongers. Another of the greats from this group is Paul Virilio whose work should be taken a closer look by all of us...
He is a multi hyphenated type. An architect-artist-theorist-writer-dromologist. He is somewhat of an mentor to the big time Cybertheorists John Armitage and Arthur and Marilouise Kroker. He was born in Nantes France where he witnessed the Blitzkrieg by Hitler's army and other WW II bombings. This has a lot to do with the forming of a lot of his thoughts. And for you here, I have a few salient points gleaned from his thoughts.
#Virtuality will end reality.
#Television is the medium (museum) of accidents. One exposes an accident on television in order not to be exposed to an accident, in order not to be exposed to an accident...
#Research in cyberspace is essentially a search for God and the unity of God.
#Wars are becoming more like Cyberwars and/or video game wars. Look at the Gulf War and the war in Bosnia.
#Technology will separate the mind from the body.
And there are thousands and thousands of insights Virilio has that are more than thought-provoking, to say the least. We should
take the time to read his work. He has said things that maybe will help us avert further disasters...
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HASH(0xa1a0357c) out of 5 stars as andy warhol wanted to name a tv show: Nothing Special 16 Dec. 2003
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just like baudrillard and zizek, he's provocative but too often predicting last week's news -- and getting it wrong. are all wars now like video games? NO. that was such an easy thing to say, but premature and unoriginal. you can get half of these so-called "insights" from any pretentious college professor in the world.
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HASH(0x9d7908f4) out of 5 stars Sociology Rules 18 Aug. 2003
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The other reviewer didn't mention the FACT that Paul Virilio is first and foremost a sociologist. Sociology is quickly becoming the new philosophy - in fact, most sociology is more philosophical than philosophy. It's time we give sociology its due. It is the greatest area of thought there is, period. No one is talking about this, and that has to start changing.
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