Virilio and the Media
June 2012, Polity
Virilio and the Media presents an introduction to Virilio’s important media related ideas, from polar inertia and the accident to the landscape of events, cities of panic, and the instrumental image loop of television. John Armitage positions Virilio’s essential media texts in their theoretical contexts whilst outlining their substantial influence on recent cultural thinking. Consequently, Armitage renders Virilio’s media texts accessible, priming his readers to create individual critical evaluations of Virilio’s writings. The book closes with an annotated and user-friendly Guide to Further Reading and a non-technical Glossary of Virilio’s significant concepts.
Virilio’s texts on the media are vital for everyone concerned with contemporary media culture, and Virilio and the Media offers a comprehensive and up to date introduction to the ever expanding range of his critical media and cultural works.
1 The Aesthetics of Disappearance 24
2 Cinema, War, and the Logistics of Perception 47
3 New Media: Vision, Inertia, and the Mobile Phone 71
4 City of Panic: The Instrumental Image Loop of Television and Media Events 95
5 The Work of the Critic of the Art of Technology: The Museum of Accidents 117
Guide to Further Reading 150
- One of the first volumes in Polity’s new Theory and Media series.
- Introduces cult hypermodern philosopher, Paul Virilio, specifically to students of media and cultural studies.
- Presents an introduction to Virilio’s important media related ideas, theories and concepts.
- Positions Virilio’s essential media texts in their theoretical contexts whilst outlining their substantial influence on recent cultural thinking.
- The book closes with an annotated and user-friendly Guide to Further Reading and a non-technical Glossary of Virilio’s significant concepts.
'If Paul Virilio is the essential guide to understanding the digital future that is the 21st century, then John Amitage's brilliant account of Virilio and the Media explores the essence of Virilio's intellectual vision: its aesthetics, new media critique, political theory, cinematic analysis, and creative technological disturbance. Here, the writing of Paul Virilio becomes a vivid, haunting reminder of that which has been lost and gained with the disappearance of culture, society and politics into the language of new media.'
Arthur Kroker, Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory, University of Victoria, Canada
'Paul Virilio is a canary in the mine of contemporaneity. For
him, new communications media have remade the world as speed,
accident, ubiquitous militarisation and the loss of the dimension
of the real. Armitage is uniquely positioned to articulate the
richness and urgency of Virilio's media critique.'
Sean Cubitt, University of Southampton
'John Armitage proves himself the leading English-language
interpreter of Virilio's unique body of work. Focusing on Virilio's
pioneering understanding of the transformative impact of media
technologies, Armitage establishes a cogent and clear-sighted
trajectory, and makes a powerful argument for both the strategic
and ethical value of Virilio's thought.'
Scott McQuire, University of Melbourne