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Polar Inertia : Theory, Culture & Society - Paul Virilio

Polar Inertia

Theory, Culture & Society

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Published: 1st November 1999
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A critical inquiry into the relations of space, time and technology. Paul Virilio shows how technology has made inertia the defining condition of modernity. He argues that the real time of "action at a distance" through telecommunication has replaced the real space of immediate action. Everything now happens without the need to go anywhere. This redefinition seeks to undo simplistic versions of the globalisation thesis. The author's relentless, sceptical gaze focuses on space, territory, and the body and considers Venetian gondolas, NASA technology, the Lumiere cinema and particle accelerators.

`If you've ever felt like we're going nowhere fast, and you'd like to know why - preferably sometime before you die - read this book' - James Der Derian, Brown University and Univeristy of Massachusetts, Amherst



`One of the most Original thinkers of our time' - Lib[ac]eration





`Virilio explores the space-time continuum of new media with a relentless, sceptical gaze. This volume is essential reading for those who would follow his profound examination of the body's fate in the landscape of contemporary information machines' - Professor Mark Poster, University of California

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ISBN: 9780761958031
ISBN-10: 0761958037
Series: Theory, Culture & Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.18