Speed and Politics
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Description: Speed and Politics(first published in France in 1977) is the matrix of Virilio's entire work. Building on the works of Morand, Marinetti, and McLuhan, Virilio presents a vision more radically political than that of any of his French contemporaries: speed as the engine of destruction. Speed and Politicspresents a topological account of the entire history of humanity, honing in on the technological advances made possible through the militarization of society. Paralleling Heidegger's account of technology, Virilio's vision sees speed--not class or wealth--as the primary force shaping civilization. In this "technical vitalism," multiple projectiles--inert fortresses and bunkers, the "metabolic bodies" of soldiers, transport vessels, and now information and computer technology--are launched in a permanent assault on the world and on human nature. Written at a lightning-fast pace, Virilio's landmark book is a split-second, overwhelming look at how humanity's motivity has shaped the way we function today, and what might come of it.
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Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date: 10/13/2006
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
|Introduction: Logistics of Habitable Circulation|
|The Dromocratic Revolution|
|From Street Fight to State Right|
|From Highway Right to State Right|
|From Space Right to State Right|
|The Boarding of Metabolic Vehicles|
|The End of the Proletariat|
|The Consumption of Security|
|The State of Emergency|