The Futurism of the Instant: Stop-Eject
December 2010, Polity
Exploring the shifts in scale involved in such population flows and the fraught and complex relationship between sedentary settlement and globalization, Virilio considers what the resultant loss of identity might mean, not only in terms of the exhaustion of biodiversity, but also in terms of the catastrophic elimination of temporal diversity, with the compression and fragmentation of time enabled by the nanotechnologies in an ever increasing acceleration of reality. This previously unimaginable prospect is brought closer by the accident of an instant that wipes out all distinction between past, present and future within the black hole of globalized interconnectivity.
1 Stop-Eject 1
2 The Ultracity 32
3 The Futurism of the Instant 70
• He presents an account of the speeding up of time, and the way in which this means we should view history.
• The publication of this book should attract attention from the author's strong following, particularly in the US.
• This should appeal to all students of Cultural Theory and Media Studies.
"Paul Virilio has long been one of the most fascinating and provocative thinkers of our contemporary moment."
Douglas Kellner, UCLA
"If Walter Benjamin had one true intellectual descendant who extended his inquiries into the second half of the twentieth century, this must be Paul Virilio."
Lev Manovich, author of The New Media