The Possessed Individual: Technology and Postmodernity by Arthur Kroker

By Arthur Kroker

The influence of French conception from Baudrillard and Barthes to Virilio, Lyotard, Deleuze and Guattari within the kind of post-structuralism and postmodern idea has, Arthur Kroker argues, masked its precise value as an eloquent account of expertise no longer as an item we will carry outdoors ourselves yet an invasive cynical strength, the place lower than the signal of possessed individualism lifestyles is enfolded in the dynamic technological language of digital truth.

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People, time, history"32); with a focus of recuperation (recovering time against space-binding technologies); and with a method-the more ancient one of lament. As a deeply religious thinker, Virilio continues anew a tradition of Christian dissent in French thought which successively marks such cultural philosophers as Jacques Ellul, T eilhard de Chardin, and Etienne Gilson. Indeed, Gilson once noted that the Catholic imagination often runs parallel to the leading cultural discoveries of the time, precisely because the epistemology of Thomistic Catholicism, with its stress on discovering moments of" aesthetic apperception" and, consequendy, laying the foundations for new "technological epiphanies," parallels in theory and in deed the privileging of aesthetic experience in late modernist societies.

24 Viewing "the history of battle (as) primarily the history of radically changing fields of perception" and theorizing war as "scoring territorial, economic or other cultural victories as in appropriating the 'immateriality' of perceptual fields,"25 Virilio recodes the history of contemporary warfare under the sign of cinema. " A new world of" cinematic derealization" for the radical immateriality of the war machine as a visual vortex of the logistics of perception. "26 And, of course, the solution is purely sociological: to construct a telematic panoptic complete with new inventions such as the "light intensifier," "low-lighting televi.

Consequendy, ifhe can claim that "there is no industrial revolution, only a dromocratic revolution; no democracy, only a dromocracy; no strategy, only a dromology,"12 it is because, more than most, Virilio approaches Nietzsche in understanding the dynamic language of the "will to will" as the architecture of the power field, across which subjectivity is splayed. "13 Which means that in a way more politically radical than Foucault's " relatlona ' 1" th eory 0 f power, D ern'd'" a s surp1" us, Bau d n'II ard' s " se d uction," or Lyotard's "refusal to honour the Name," Virilio has written dle world's first purely circulatory theory of power-power as a terminator vector of violent speed, Speed Wars It is probably due to Virilio' s understanding of the deep entanglement of speed and war d,at he can be so politically radical on the question of power.

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