The Great Accelerator
June 2012, Polity
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Steven Poole, The Guardian
'An exciting yet terrifying account of how contemporary society is shaped by an ever-increasing demand for speed … Locating time at the centre of all forms of knowledge, Virilio shows how speed and its measurement is a question belonging to the realm of politics, economics and religion as much as to physics and quantum physics.'
Times Higher Education
'Paul Virilio's indispensable new work, The Great Accelerator, considers history, privacy and, especially, speedup. If our accelerated postmodern culture is a closed circuit, Virilio asks, are not speed and light reconfigured as "dromology" and traditional philosophy as too "slow"? Thought-provoking and contentious, The Great Accelerator will be a widely discussed book.'
John Armitage, Northumbria University
'Paul Virilio's The Great Accelerator continues his interrogations of speed and time forecasting the end of history, time and knowledge as we once knew them. Futuristic to the zero point, Virilio dazzles, illuminates and provokes as we speed through his latest vision of what is to come and what's happening now.'
Douglas Kellner, UCLA, author of Cinema Wars and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy