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Polar Inertia

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November 1999 | 112 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Examining how the `here and now' of space, territory, the body, are being redefined by new technologies and how this undoes simplistic versions of the globalization thesis, Paul Virilio demonstrates how technology has made inertia the defining condition of modernity. An instantaneous present has replaced space and the sovereignty of territory; everything happens without the need to go anywhere. This book will be a key reference for students and scholars of the latest thinking in social theory.
 
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Polar Inertia

`If you've ever felt like we're going nowhere fast, and you'd like to know why - preferably sometime before you die - read this book' - James Der Derian, Brown University and Univeristy of Massachusetts, Amherst

`One of the most Original thinkers of our time' - Lib[ac]eration

`Virilio explores the space-time continuum of new media with a relentless, sceptical gaze. This volume is essential reading for those who would follow his profound examination of the body's fate in the landscape of contemporary information machines' - Professor Mark Poster, University of California

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Paul Virilio

Paul Virilio (b. 1932 in Paris) is a world-renowned philosopher, urbanist, and cultural theorist. His work focuses on urban spaces and the development of technology in relation to power and speed. He is known for his coining of the term 'dromology' to explain his theory of speed and technology. Paul Virilio is of mixed ancestry, being the son of an Italian father (who identified as a Communist) and a Breton mother. As a small child in France during the Second World War, Paul Virilio was profoundly impacted by the blitzkrieg and total war; however, these early experiences shaped his understanding of the movement and speed which structures... More About Author

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