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La Bomba Informatica

Nov 03, Andrew added it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Interestingly he also raises points on the commercialisation of the human body in genetics that anticipates arguments made in the book ‘Genes, Cells, and Brains’ which I read recently.

Old people like it. Reactionary movements are seldom successful. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Virilio’s book is a critique of media, technology and the collective un conscious much in the vein of Marshall McLuhan – his predecessor by decades – and a comparison between the two is enlightening.

He bashes sexuality, all technological bojba, and all global inter-connectivity. Virilio shows here a conservatism in the traditional sense. But I’m straying too informattica from the text. I think that escapism is a weak proposition, and not at all a potential solution. Like the set of tools we call the motor car, it is both good and bad, expeditious and dangerous.

Anyway, a lot of Virilio’s ideas are ones I can definitely vibe with, but his conclusions are, at least in The Information Bombpretty reactionary.

True, but hasn’t it done so already? A very negative view on the present and the future with some good points but no backup or argument. Return to Book Page. A similar man in the Iron Age would have used a sword, I supposed, or waited for cancer to consume him, horribly.

Virilio has nothing new or useful to add here. Loss of time intervals, endless feedback I checked this out from the library in April but never got around to reading it. Georges Roque, 47, caused by art’s consideration as a consumer product to a hyper-excessive fetishization ”We can envisage suffering passing without complaint; horrors going unbewailed, not that here would be anyone to hear the wailing; and anxieties going without a prayer – and without even an analysis” 72 Scientific voyeurism as the use of an dead Inuit’s skeleton for display exhibition, without the living son’s permission or knowledge, -he was not told even at the staged funeral Infantalism of modern culture, technology as prime facie desire for immortality Agree with Virilio’s assessment of Nietzsche as ”not a philosopher” 98 as a means of praise in re-inquiring into all value judgements, presenting him and Marx as a ”paranoid interpreters of the apocalypic ultimatum of youth battling with the irreversibility of time” Virilio borrows heavily from Stiegler: Lists with This Book.


He engages with other thinkers and doesn’t claim to have a comprehensive understanding of biotechnology or information science though he certainly must have the latter. It’s a beautiful book. Each new age has its new difficulties in addition to the old ones.

It may be better to look towards someone like Donna Haraway in order to see the revolutionary potential within virllio that Virilio seems so antagonistic towards. Books by Paul Virilio. Sure, it sacrifices a great deal of authenticity for the sake of ease, speed, and ubiquity, but didn’t the printing press do the same thing back in the day?

But this insight is cloaked in hyperbolic fear mongering, and an eternal infodmatica slope’. Increasing global speed rendering bodily movement stationary.

Sep 25, Wythe Marschall rated it did not like it. Virilio has the foresight to recognize them, but not the fortitude to address them.

To r read this instead – https: First encountered this book one bored afternoon spent in the college library. With that element as ijformatica only red thread, Virilio connects euthanasia machines and satellites, cinema and the transformation of paedagogy, and much more. Trivia About The Information Bomb. Perhaps it is just a pervasive fear of anything new.


Editions of The Information Bomb by Paul Virilio

Matt Hanson rated it really liked it Feb 10, Published January 17th by Verso first published Joe Walp rated it liked it Jun 24, His may be a noble impulse, I don’t know; it’s deeply conservative, whatever it is: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I’ll keep reading his stuff, though. Fouzi rated it it was amazing Dec 19, Diamond rated it really liked it Oct 26, One can easily sympathize with the conservative move towards technophobia, which Virilio could be accused of, and yet many of his examples only look at a single case, and derive potentials from those cases.

His criticism of the pervasiveness of the sexual and the criminal is pretty undeveloped — why is sexual immodesty ‘dangerous’? In This book was first published in but at times it is rather prophetic of recent times, especially in light of the global financial crash, and more recently in the USA with the ‘scandal’ of the NSA, exposing publicly the information war that that country has been engaging in for decades.

What is discouraging is how negative this text was. Here, exactly and always where it counts, Virilio comes up short. When it comes to all that makes a book of theory either deeply challenging but deeply rewarding in detailed analysis that leads to gestalt theory Stiegler, Derrida, Deleuze, Negarestani, Serres or zany and discipline-jumping but surprisingly tight in logic and rewarding in novel insight into the human condition Bataille, Baudrillard, Foucault, Latour Is the ultimate fear of a technoscientific complex always arriving too early, before anything’s actually happened?

Which would drive the terrible organ harvesters out of business?