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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.

Kinematic Optics
Kinematic optics

Today the relativity of the visible has become self-evident.

Paul Klee

Creation and Fall of time, daylight orders and regulates not only the elasticity of the day, week, month and year, but also the relativity which has always accompanied the understanding of time, the time of mystics or politicians whose traces have been preserved by history, philosophy and physics. Finally, the special and general theories of relativity resulted in the crisis of temporal and spatial absolutism, the explosion of an infinity of ‘local times’ brought on by the constancy of the speed of light – a speed of light which now illuminates extension and duration with a new daylight, since it seems agreed that speed causes time to expand at the moment when it ...

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