The Original Accident
January 2006, Polity
A biting meditation on Progress technoscientific progress, at
any cost and without any limits this book defines the ways in which
postindustrial science has merged with out-and-out hyperterrorism
to threaten the foundations of Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian
civilization, and the future of the planet with them, through
innovation of mass catastrophes that are part and parcel of its
panoply of inventions.
Urging us to face up to the consequences of our brave-new-world technologies, Virilio calls for the creation of a Museum of the Accident to fight our habituation to horror and violence, and our daily overexposure to terror, in the name, not of some preventive war, but of a preventive intelligence that would help us deal with both natural and artificial disasters.
- PART ONE
- The Invention of Accidents
- The Accident Argument
- The Accident Museum
- The Future of the Accident
- The Expectation Horizon
- Unknown Quantity
- PART TWO
- Public Emotion
- The Original Accident
- The Dromosphere
- This groundbreaking new book presents a biting meditation on
techno-scientific progress at all costs and without
- This books considers progress in light of our modern fears and
anxieties, as well as the potential manmade catastrophes which
threaten the modern world
- Lucid and brilliantly argued, this book confronts a highly
topical subject from an original and contemporary position.
- Virilio urges us to face up to the consequences of our brave-new-world technologies, calling for the creation of a Museum of the Accident to help create a preventive intelligence that would help us deal with both natural and artificial disasters.
Steven Poole, The Guardian
Paul Virilio is one of the most original and provocative
thinkers of the contemporary era. In The Original Accident Virilio
continues his investigations of how the intensification of
technological development and speed could provide the "accident of
accidents", the catastrophic collapse of the global economy."
Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles