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Spatial EcologiesUrban Sites, State and World-Space in French Cultural Theory$
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Verena Andermatt Conley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317545

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317217

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Paul Virilio: Speed Space

Paul Virilio: Speed Space

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Spatial Ecologies
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the context of speed space by Paul Virilio. Speed is space–time, an environment in which inertia is felt within greater movement on the globe or even in galactic space. Virilio becomes truly visionary in asserting that the ‘great optical transhorizon’ results from the economic and political strategy of virtualisation that makes globalisation possible. Over the years, he has presented how revolutions in transportation and information change the relations to the world. He also notes the inventions and consequences of military and informational technologies.

Keywords:   speed space, Paul Virilio, globalisation, transportation, military technology, informational technology

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