Open Sky

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Writer and political activist Paul Virilio makes a passionate critique of information technology and the global media. OPEN SKY is a call for revolt against the insidious manipulation of perception by the electronic media and the infantilism of cyberhype. Virilio pleads for a new ethics of perception and a new ecology, to protect not only the natural world, but also the urban community.
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Overview

Writer and political activist Paul Virilio makes a passionate critique of information technology and the global media. OPEN SKY is a call for revolt against the insidious manipulation of perception by the electronic media and the infantilism of cyberhype. Virilio pleads for a new ethics of perception and a new ecology, to protect not only the natural world, but also the urban community.
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“One of the most original thinkers of our time.”—Liberation

“A refreshing antidote to the ‘global village’ mantra of net gurus, Virilio writes in the subversive tradition of Michel Foucault and Jean Baudrillard.”—Publishers Weekly

“Virilio is an impressive commentator on the conditioning power of the mass media ... he has become essential reading for anyone trying to make sense of America’s out-of-control war of prevention.”—Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844672080
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/17/2008
  • Series: Radical Thinkers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 775,162
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Virilio trained as an artist in stained glass, working with Braque and Matisse, as well as studying philosophy at the Sorbonne. In 1975 he was made director of the Ecole spéciale d’architecture in Paris. He retired from teaching in 1998 and now works with private organizations on projects to house the homeless in Paris. He has written many books, including War and Cinema, Open Sky, and Ground Zero.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Third Interval 9
The Perspective of Real Time 22
Optics on a Grand Scale 35
The Law of Proximity 49
Grey Ecology 58
Continental Drift 69
Eye Lust 89
From Sexual Perversion to Sexual Diversion 103
Escape Velocity 119
Notes 146
Glossary 150
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