Paul virilio – escape speed

The last border as a rubber wall

We recognize the change not only at the environment and the signs, but above all to humans, at their attitude to the things. And this truth is subject, although he is still able to philosophy aerial perspective, like no other today, Paul Virilio. With coarse-linguistic effort, he tries his philosophy of speed to make an absolute point that the speed of light.

It falls hard, "Escape speed" to find really good. Not because it "bad" Goods, but because it sometimes misses a high goal, or maybe even over all goals slides. With all linguistic and den-aerial force, Virilio tries his work, the investigation of togetherness between acceleration and society, to an absolute point of supply, which of the speed of light. He shows how it is through the "Real-time"-Communication in global data network moves the philosophical horizon of man. Throughout new technologies of acceleration, so virilio, we had finally broken the three-dimensional horizon. No longer the creation line between heaven and earth’s surface is the horizon of telecommunicative contemporaries, but an abstract and infinite data horizon, which leads to a loss of human reference points both in front of the infinite background of the external space as well as in the depth of the microfluels.

Virilio compares this with the outflowing of the outtronauts from the earth clerk – therefore "Escape speed". Once we first from the "the shade" The earth kicked out, which then mean even aspects, which are still elementary for us – like day / night, seasons, time overhead, etc. – which result only from the ratio of earth and sun. Virilio describes what it means for people of the Renaissance to find the perspective, and what it means to lose them again. Here, Virilio becomes a very important Kassandra caller, whose warnings should be read politically – especially cultural policy – by taking us the depth of meaning of terms "Real-time", "Teleprasenz", "Information society" Etc. close. Those who only understand the technological combatences of these terms goes to their cultural historical implications before.

This sometimes finds amusantic highlights, for example if Virilio refers to interactivity as well as the radioactivity and speaks of a fundamental pollution of the infosphere and from a lack of info-okology.

But seeing all the approval can be found and containing interesting approach to thinking, the book seems to run up to the mistake of more powerful generalizations. If the master of the Groben Rhetorik starts the empirical burden of proof, then revealed his examples that he may not be so entirely on the state of technological development and some gimmicks, such as Z.B. Cybersex, completely overvalued. So he writes them sidewise and even ames that a coarse part of humanity is completely expired by the cybersex, but at the end shimmers that the main information source of Virilios is at least an anecdote over Timothy Leary, allegedly once of San Francisco from Cybersex via data suit had had a Japanese woman.

Thus, evident that Virilios method, behind all things, has become doubtful behind all things, the large-scale philosophical litter. The world has become so complex and small parts that the gross dewfeits and the ingenious explanations tend to a system-immersible failure. Behind the critical attitude of the author to appearances like the WWW may also hide a kind of oldscape, which wants to meet all this on the theory level again, but no connection has to the extended practice. So he was able to inform himself a little about artist-experimental cybersex at PopTars under Steel Stenslie or read at Pit Schultz and Geert Lovinks Academia Cybernetica, which other intellectuals of the old school think about the Cyberspace.

Paul Virilio, "Escape speed", Essay, Edition accents, Hanser Verlag, ISBN 3-446-18771-5

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