- Taschenbuch: 120 Seiten
- Verlag: Blackwell Publ; Auflage: 1 (29. November 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0745636144
- ISBN-13: 978-0745636146
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,9 x 0,9 x 21,6 cm
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"Virilio's breakneck pattern-recognition method is apt to spark new thoughts in some readers' heads."
Steven Poole, The Guardian
Paul Virilio is one of the most original and provocative thinkers of the contemporary era. In The Original Accident Virilio continues his investigations of how the intensification of technological development and speed could provide the "accident of accidents," the catastrophic collapse of the global economy."
Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles
The future once promised the certainty of a better life for all but now it is full of uncertainty, danger and fear. Our lives are surrounded by the threats, imaginary or real, posed by terrorist outrages, natural catastrophes and disasters of all kinds. The future is overshadowed by the nightmare of an outmoded humanity overwhelmed by a catastrophe of its own making, a kind of catastrophic grand finale that would mirror the original accident the Big Bang that some scientists believe created the universe.A biting meditation on Progress technoscientific progress, at any cost and without any limits this book defines the ways in which postindustrial science has merged with out-and-out hyperterrorism to threaten the foundations of Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian civilization, and the future of the planet with them, through innovation of mass catastrophes that are part and parcel of its panoply of inventions.Urging us to face up to the consequences of our brave-new-world technologies, Virilio calls for the creation of a Museum of the Accident to fight our habituation to horror and violence, and our daily overexposure to terror, in the name, not of some preventive war, but of a preventive intelligence that would help us deal with both natural and artificial disasters. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Virilio writes with an apocalyptic feel, and he even suggests that the ecological movement, with its concern for natural catastrophes, should develop a parallel eschatological movement, in which certain individuals apply themselves to the study of accidents in an attempt to forestall the coming global disaster. He even thinks we should have a huge Museum of the Accident, which will focus our attention on this mostly neglected shadow side of technology in hopes of increasing our awareness of these disasters.
Virilio belongs to a certain type of avant-garde thinking, for his Museum of the Accident invites a certain comparison with J.G. Ballard's Atrocity Exhibition. Ballard, prior to writing that book, had put on an exhibition of car crashes, which is exactly the type of thing Virilio advocates here. Andy Warhol, too, was fascinated with car crashes, and the filmmaker David Cronenberg belongs with this group, as well. Other members of this school of thought would include the novelist Doris Lessing or the culture historian William Irwin Thompson. All of these thinkers and artists are part of a millenial group of those who are not pacified into a state of zombification regarding the "marvels" of technology, but who instead recognize that we cannot keep up this overstraining of the planet at this kind of breakneck speed forever. There are limits to growth, and the greater and more complex the technologies, the larger and more spectacular will be the accidents generated by them.
Virilio is alarmed by how comfortable and accepting we seem to have become regarding the accidents generated by our technological society. But this is not a normal way of life, by any stretch of the imagination, for technological proliferation at ever faster and ever greater speeds is not only dangerous, it is pathological.
Reading Virilio makes one realize just how strange our current way of life really is, for banal environments are invisible to those who live in them, as McLuhan never tired of pointing out. It requires the eyes of an artist or the metaphors of a great thinker to draw our attention to the strangeness of our technological environments in order to make us aware of what we are doing.
Virilio has much in common with that other great French thinker of media, Jean Baudrillard, the difference being that Virilio's writing is clearer and more accessible. I recommend this book highly. The only complaint I have is that Virilio does not go into more detail about specific accidents and their cultural implications. And the first half of this short, 100 page book is by far more interesting than the second.
The reader will find the thoughtsphere of Virilio's mind to be a rather unique place to visit, I think.
SEE ALSO MY YOUTUBE VIDEO "JOHN DAVID EBERT ON PAUL VIRILIO"
--John David Ebert, author of "The New Media Invasion" (McFarland Books, 2011)