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Crepuscular Dawn (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents)

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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

Paperback, 185 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Semiotext(e) (first published 2002)
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Jan 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
I freaking loathed this book. The men involved in the dialogue never disagreed with one another, so that keeps things fresh and interesting...oh wait, no it doesn't. Then there are all the made up terms that there is about no effort put forth to properly explain, and then these made up terms are combined with others and defined by other pretend terms so it becomes an almost unreadable mishmash of two weird Frenchmen doing a mutual tug-session. There might have been a few ideas that could have be ...more
Ronald Morton
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was ok

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
Jul 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: The present
This was my intro to Virilio. It's a cobbled-together series of conversations with Sylvere Lotringer about Virilio's career and ideas up until 2002. So... a useful introductory summary of his work.

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
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Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Paul Virilio uses the concept of ‘dromology’, the study of speed, to demonstrate its all-encompassing effects in our lives, especially in relation to politics, economics, and society. We constantly participate in this hyper-interactivity, dominated by speed: we want information & we want things done right here right now. Speed has been so necessary & critical for humans that Virilio argues that it is the momentum of speed that directs the course of history & our lives & that we h ...more
Emily Alvarado
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Everyone should read this. Paul Virilio is one of the lesser known Situationist-esque French intellectuals but totally unique....and besides that, this shit is NO JOKE. Not exactly an easy read----but considering his other work, this is very accessible. Read this so we can have conversations about it.
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I was shocked to learn that this dialogue (excepting the epilogue) took place between November 1999 and May 2001. Fitting that the epilogue was in May 2002. When I reached the end and saw "May 2001" it was sobering.
Carlos Blancas
Jan 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Virilio is the archetypal French intellectual who specializes in pulling nonsensical ephemera out of his ass and calling it Deep Thought. Strictly for the birds.
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This text contains a number of interviews between Sylvère Lotringer and Paul Virilio relating to Virilio’s oeuvre. In the introduction to the text, Lotringer suggests that the “oxymoron of the title” indicates “something deeply ambivalent about Virilio’s work” (8). The Crepuscular, signifying an animal relating to twilight, meets with the Dawn, relating the introduction of the sun. Together, the Crepuscular Dawn signifies the coming or introduction of the night—a night that is no longer distinct ...more
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Paul Virilio is a cultural theorist and urbanist. He is best known for his writings about technology as it has developed in relation to speed and power, with diverse references to architecture, the arts, the city and the military.
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