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Speed and Politics (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents) Paperback – October 13, 2006


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  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents
  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Semiotext(e); 2nd edition (October 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584350407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584350408
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Virilio was born in 1932 and has published a wide range of books, essays, and interviews grappling with the question of speed and technology, including Speed and Politics, The Aesthetics of Disappearance, and The Accident of Art, all published by Semiotext(e).

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter on August 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Speed and Politics" is an insightful post-modern examination into what I call 'exponential progress'. In one part, Virilio suggests that since society is increasingly less patient (mostly as a result of technology), people in general are less willing to spend the time to read or investigate their oppressive situations (probably because they were overly busy shopping and thinking about the next best and greatest thing to own) and, as such, require a quick dose of knowledge. To do this, the philosopher/politician/revolutionary must boil down the essence of an idea and serve it before the attention of the people diminishes into thoughtless, emotion-driven consumption once again.

The book is short. However, each sentence has the brilliance of two pages. Read slow.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By adarrigo@bellatlantic.net on December 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
I agree entirely with the reviewer from SUNY. There is so much secondary literature on Foucault precisely because so many are looking to appropriate the fashion of his name to any bastardized cause celebre. This clear, concise, and challenging little book presents a better introduction to Foucault's thinking than all of the secondary and tertiary literature combined.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
I don't know if there is some bug in Amazon's system, but the three reviewers do not appear to be review Virilio's "Speed and Politics."
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