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.
Chapter 4: Environment Control
I am not looking for anything. I am here.
What are the implications for the transparency of air, water and glass, for the ‘real space’ of the things surrounding us, when the ‘real-time’ interface supersedes the classical interval, and distance suddenly gives way to power of emission and instant reception? What happens, in the end, when classical optical communication is replaced by electro-optical commutation?
If repeated use of the prefix ‘de-’ (as in decentralization, deregulation, deconstruction, etc.) has set its seal on the times, we may perhaps add another term – derangement: not only of sense-appearances but of transparency itself, a ‘transparency’ with nothing beyond, which has nothing in common with the density of any material or even of the earth's atmosphere.
If transparency ...