Crepuscular Dawn (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents)
The accident is a new form of warfare. It is replacing revolution and war. Sarajevo triggered the First World War. New York is what Sarajevo was. September 11th opened Pandora's box. The first war of globalization will be the global accident, the total accident, including the accident of science. And it is on the way.In 1968, Virilio abandoned his work in oblique architect...more
It starts out strong, in that I really liked reading Virilio discuss his architectural theories in detail. The "oblique function" stuff was neat, and interesting, and showed a crafty mind.
But it was in the second half, when he started getting into his theories around what he calls dromology (the "science (or logic) of speed") that I felt things lost the plot a bit. Not even about dromology itself, more that he used it as a jumping off point to critique modern technology - with frequent refer ...more
I'm assuming that the casual nature of this book explains the audacious (wildly speculative?)"theorizing" in which Virilio engages with Lotringer. Off the cuff, he culls from an impressive largess of historical, cultural, architectural, philosophical, and literary knowledge to support his ideas; but h ...more