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Speed and Politics by Paul Virilio

With this book Paul Virilio inaugurated the new science whose object of study is the dromocratic revolution.

Speed and Politics (first published in France in 1977) is the matrix of Virilios 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 Politics presents a topological account of the entire history of humanity, honing in on the technological advances made possible through the militarization of society. Paralleling Heideggers account of technology, Virilios 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, Virilios landmark book is a split-second, overwhelming look at how humanitys motivity has shaped the way we function today, and what might come of it.
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Distributed for Semiotext e. With this book Paul Virilio inaugurated the new science whose object of study is the "dromocratic" revolution. Speed and Politics first published in France in 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 Politics presents 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.

With this book Paul Virilio inaugurated the new science whose object of study is the "dromocratic" revolution. Speed and Politics (first published in France in.
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In this book Virilio discusses his concerns surrounding the link between speed, technologies, individuals, the state, politics and military development. Speed is suggested to be the main factor with regards to technology, culture and conflict. The unstoppable acceleration of society causes the social elite to experience the positives of speed where as those who are unable to keep up are at a disadvantage. Speed is connected to the creation of wealth and this can be seen in the political economy. Warfare involves a lot of money. Virilio is an urbanist therefore his essay begins naturally with the city and the roads within it. The city and its perception is changing.

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