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The Paul Virilio Reader

Edited by Steve Redhead

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A critic of the art of technology, Paul Virilio has taught us that much media image is a strategy of war and that accident is becoming indistinguishable from attack. In these times of fierce conflict over which kind of capitalism is to take over the shrinking globe, and indeed which modernities we will live in during the twenty-first century, Paul Virilio is a significant contemporary theorist. But Virilio's work, originally published in French and stretching back to the 1950s, has until now been very difficult to access in full in English translation, available as it is in expensive little books or obscure catalogues and journals. The Paul Virilio Reader collects together for the first time readable extracts of Virilio's work from the entire range of his career. It is prefaced by an editorial introduction showing that Virilio has produced important - if controversial - 'theory at the speed of light' that can uncannily illuminate the impact of new information and communications technologies in a world which collapses time and distance as never before.

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Introduction (Steve Redhead)
1.Bunker Archaeology
2.Cryptic Architecture
3.Architecture Principe
4.The End of the Proletariat
5.Pure Power
6.The Aesthetics Of Disappearance
7.The Overexposed City
8.The Imposture of Immediacy
9.The Last Vehicle
10.Candid Camera
11.Environment Control
12.Desert Screen
13.The Data Coup d'Etat
14.From Sexual Perversion to Sexual Diversion
15.Delirious New York
16.The Information Bomb
17.Strategy Of Deception
18.Silence on Trial
19.Ground Zero
20.The Museum of Accidents
Paul Virilio: A Directory (Steve Redhead).

About the Author

Steve Redead is Professor of Sports Media and Sub Dean Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia. He has published fifteen books including The Paul Virilio Reader, The Jean Baudrillard Reader and Paul Virilio: Theorist for an Accelerated Culture, all with Edinburgh University Press.