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'If you've ever felt like we're going nowhere fast, and you'd like to know why - preferably sometime before you die - read this book' - "James Der Derian, Brown University and UMASS/Amherst "

Examining how the 'here and now' of space, territory, the body, are being redefined by new technologies and how this undoes simplistic versions of the globalization thesis, Paul
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ebook, 112 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Sage Publications (CA) (first published 1990)
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There are good things in this book, interesting insights and it's hard to believe it was written in the late 1980s. some of the stuff Virilio says is truly visionary but a lot of what he predicts was also completely wrong and will stay wrong (e.g. the death of physical travel or our physical bodies becoming irrelevent-- hello selfie age, lookin at you here). the book also has whole chapters about cosmological time, which, if like me, you're not well versed in astrophysics, might give you a ...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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