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- DescriptionWe are living under the administration of fear: fear has become an environment, an everyday landscape. There was a time when wars, famines, and epidemics were localized and limited by a certain timeframe. Today, it is the world itself that is limited, saturated, and manipulated, the world itself that seizes us and confines us with a stressful claustrophobia. Stock-market crises, undifferentiated terrorism, lightning pandemics, professional suicides...Fear has become the world we live in. The administration of fear also means that states are tempted to create policies for the orchestration and management of fear. Globalization has progressively eaten away at the traditional prerogatives of states (most tably of the welfare state), and states have to convince citizens that they can ensure their physical safety. In this new and lengthy interview, Paul Virilio shows us how the propaganda of progress, the illuminism of new techlogies, provide unexpected vectors for fear in the way that they manufacture frenzy and stupor. For Virilio, the ecomic catastrophe of 2007 was t the death knell of capitalism, as some have claimed, but just further evidence that capitalism has accelerated into turbo-capitalism, and is accelerating still. With every natural disaster, health scare, and malicious rumor w comes the inevitable information bomb --live feeds take over real space, and techlogy connects life to the immediacy of terror, the ultimate expression of speed. With the nuclear dissuasion of the Cold War behind us, we are faced with a new form of civil dissuasion: a state of fear that allows for the suspension of controversial social situations.
- Author BiographyPaul Virilio has published twenty-five books, including Pure War (his first in English) and The Accident of Art, both written with Sylvere Lotringer, as well as the new edition of The Aesthetics of Disappearance, all published by Semiotext(e).
- Author(s)Paul Virilio
- Date of Publication20/03/2012
- LanguageEnglish & French
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Series TitleSemiotext(e) / Intervention Series
- Series Part/Volume Number10
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSemiotext (E)
- Weight113 g
- Width114 mm
- Height178 mm
- Spine6 mm
- Translated byAmes Hodges
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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