Monday, August 16, 2010

Virilio's vitality

"Closely tied to the growth of the panopticon is Virilio’s fixation on acceleration and speed. He sees scientific and technological advances as forcing a constant acceleration of reality that has compressed time and space, radically flattened the globe, and destroying our ability to tell reality from fiction. The logical consequence of such acceleration is the end of democracy and the effective normalization of disinformation and information warfare. This is different from Baudrillard’s similar notion of hyperreality in that Virilio believes in truth but mourns its brutal erasure by the forces of progress."

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