Pure War

Pure War

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Pure War

Virilio and Lotringer revisit their prescient book on the invisible war waged by technology against humanity since World War II.

In June 2007, Paul Virilio and Sylvère Lotringer met in La Rochelle, France to reconsider the premises they developed twenty-five years before in their frighteningly prescient classic, Pure War. Pure War described the invisible war waged by technology against humanity, and the lack of any real distinction since World War II between war and peace. Speaking with Lotringer in 1982, Virilio noted the "accidents" that inevitably arise with every technological development: from car crashes to nuclear spillage, to the extermination of space and the derealization of time wrought by instant communication. In this new and updated edition, Virilio and Lotringer consider how the omnipresent threat of the "accident"—both military and economic—has escalated. With the fall of the Soviet bloc, the balance of power between East and West based on nuclear deterrence has given way to a more diffuse multi-polar nuclear threat. Moreover, as the speed of communication has increased exponentially, "local" accidents—like the collapse of the Asian markets in the late 1980s—escalate, with the speed of contagion, into global events instantaneously. "Globalization," Virilio argues, is the planet's ultimate accident.Paul Virilio was born in Paris in 1932 to an immigrant Italian family. Trained as an urban planner, he became the director of the École Speciale d'Architecture in the wake of the 1968 rebellion. He has published twenty-five books, including Pure War (1988) (his first in English) and The Accident of Art (2005), both with Sylvère Lotringer and published by Semiotext(e). Sylvère Lotringer, general editor of Semiotext(e), lives in New York and Baja California. He is the author of Overexposed: Perverting Perversions (Semiotext(e), 2007) and other books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584350590
Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date: 04/30/2008
Series: Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents Series
Edition description: new edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 862,077
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Impure War   Paul Virilio     7
Pure War     15
The Space of War     17
The Time of War     27
Technology and Trans-politics     37
Fragmentation and Technology     45
Speed and the Military     57
Deterrence and Freedom of Movement     67
The Colonization of Time     81
Cinema and Resistance     91
Endo-colonization and the State-as-Destiny     103
The Production of Destruction     115
The War-Machine and Death     129
Pacifism and the Regression of Politics     145
The North-South Inversion     155
The Fatal Couple and the Supreme Idol     169
Postscript, 1997: Infowar     183
Postscript, 2007: War on the Cities     207
The New Bunkers     209
A Finite World     221
Notes     237
Index     241

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