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characters Open Sky ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ [Reading] ➼ Open Sky By Paul Virilio – “One day the day will come when the day will not come” Bleak in its analysis of the social destruction wrought by modern technologies of communication and surveillance but passionately political O “One day the day wOrmation superhighways he explores the growing danger of what he calls a “generalized accident” provoked by the breakdown of our collective and individual relation to time space and movementBut this is not merely a lucid and disturbing lament for the loss of real geographical spaces distance intimacy or democracy Open Sky is also a call for revolt against the insidious and accelerating manipulation of perception b. Full disclosure I do not agree with the prescriptions whatever can be drawn from Virilio here or with the general sentiment towards technology here Whilst Open Sky is a very well written book in the sense that it's rich with prose and baroue conceptualisation particularly of speed and time it falls demonstrably flat when it has to descend down to a digestible dimension into what this all actually means for the reader Yes in many ways technology comes with faults integral accidents are an interesting notion to explore but Virilio's total foregoing of any remotely economic analyses of the tech he is exploring is a constant source of frustration that reminds me of how well received Baudrillard is in the public sphere relative to how parochial and oftentimes circular the central thesis is If light technologies change the way we perceive reality then maybe that calls into uestion our relation with reality itself Is there anything fundamentally sacred I know Virilio doesn't explicitly argue this in the pre world war period where we started to slowly digest mechanised travel through the railway or was technological development always outpacing our capacity to consider notions of reality in the first place Are we really at the mercy of technology here or is it possible to reconstitute our relationship through a rigorous analysis of the social formation in which these devices and gadgets are deployed in the first place Admittedly I am very biased As a linguist computational models aid significantly in creating grammar formalisms that are able to capture a variety of phenomena in the mechanic constitution of language itself The uestion there as it is for Virilio is history Chomskyan linguistics to me is limited by its lack of consideration of history and social formations through its excessive bracketing but it is only through our privileged perspective in being able to document and analyse past events that we are able to conceive of it as such Conseuently all the social upheaval brought with technology and the supposed distance that it generates the most antagonistic of which for me was his chapter on cybersex where I could scarcely contain myself at the mention of 'universal condoms' is also met with the distance it eliminates in those willing to use it for good I have crafted several meaningful relations and have the benefit of the entire assembly of human knowledge at my fingertips I am able to learn at an unparalleled rate to my parents and the improvement of communication technologies serves only to undermine the social structure that financially supports them in direct proportion to radical action This total surrender to the electronic to me is in stark contrast to the realities of the pseudo feudalistic social formation that they obliterate through an almost Hegelian movement of an enlightening In short my own experiences are totally contrary to those that Virilio warns againstThat being said the prose and the conceptualisation are a treat for those who do not have the same experiences as me I will not claim therefore that one ought to avoid the book or the author but one should necessarily ask these uestions and I am very glad that Virilio has posed them They could have simply been articulated in a better way The sensation and conclusions I am left with are those of frustration and mild exhaustion though at the same time I now have an increased interest in his influences aside from Baudrillard and in particular Bergson Maybe the weather just wasn't right for me to read him or maybe we have already attained the benefit of hindsight over Open Sky

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“One day the day will come when the day will not come” Bleak in its analysis of the social destruction wrought by modern technologies of communication and surveillance but passionately political Open Sky is Paul Virilio’s most far reaching and radical book for many years Deepening and extending his earlier work on speed perception and political control and applying it now to the global ‘real time’ of the inf. An amazing indictment of recent technological advancements that chain people to new and intensify current oppressions rather than liberate them from existing conditions A brilliant exposition of the dangers posed by the transformation of human perception and social relations in the context of the ever speedening pace of everyday life made possible by new communication and surveillance technologies And yet also deeply flawed particularly in its technological determinism the taking of globalization's claims ex withering away of national borders dissolution of the state pure virtual economy on face value and the tendency to disregard uneven development For all its flaws still a refreshing book prescient of many contemporary developments

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Open SkyY the electronic media and repressive political power against the tyranny of “real time” and against the infantilism of cyberhype Paul Virillo makes a powerful case for a new ethics of perception and a new ecology one which will not only strive to protect the natural world from pollution and destruction but will also combat the devastation of urban communities by proliferating technologies of control and virtualit. Man's a good writer probably on par with Adorno This book has some funky phrases that are easy to remember yet profound However the rest of the content pales in comparison to these transient moments I found the thesis to be rather reactionary and overblown It flirts with critical theory at times but there is a lack of acknowledgement of its influence Nice read but not necessary