•   Loading... Please wait
  • Search
      Authors  

    paul virilio Quotes

    Some of the most dramatic consequences of the Kosovo war are linked to the resumption of the arms race and the suicidal political and economic policies of countries like India and Pakistan where tons of money are currently being spent on atomic weaponry. This is abhorrent!
    — Paul Virilio
    If we turn to the war in Kosovo, what do we find? We find the manipulation of the audience's emotions by the mass media.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: emotion  media  war 
     
    The cinema was certainly an art, but television can't be, because it is the museum of accidents. In other words, its art is to be the site where all accidents happen. But that's its only art.
    — Paul Virilio
    I am always concerned with ideas of territory and movement. Indeed, my first book after Bunker Archeology was entitled L'insecurite du territoire (1976).
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: book  ideas 
     
    The atomic bomb provoked a specific accident.
    — Paul Virilio
    The automation of warfare has, then, come a long way since the Persian Gulf War of 1991.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: war 
     
    It will no longer be war that is the continuation of politics by other means, it will be what I have dubbed 'the integral accident' that is the continuation of politics by other means.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: politics  war 
     
    I pursue through my research on speed and on my study of the organisation of the revolution of the means of transportation.
    — Paul Virilio
    Television is a media of crisis, which means that television is a media of accidents.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: media 
     
    A museum of accidents is needed. This museum already exists, it's television.
    — Paul Virilio
    However, the Kosovo War took place in orbital space. In other words, war now takes place in 'aero-electro-magnetic space'. It is equivalent to the birth of a new type of flotilla, a home fleet, of a new type of naval power, but in orbital space!
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: power  space  birth  war 
     
    Art is alive because it is mortal.
    — Paul Virilio
    There is a French expression that says: to be exposed to an accident, to cross a street without looking at the cars means exposing oneself to be run over. This is more than a play with words, it's fundamental.
    — Paul Virilio
    Even among the elite, in government circles, technological culture is somewhat deficient.
    — Paul Virilio
    People make fun of cybersex, but it's really something to take into account: it is a drama, a split of the human being! The human being can now be changed into some kind of spectrum or ghost who has sex at a distance. That is really scary because what used to be the most intimate and the most important relationship to reality is being split. This is no simulation but the coexistence of two separate worlds.
    — Paul Virilio
    I have said many times before, interactivity is the equivalent of radioactivity. For interactivity effects a kind of disintegration, a kind of rupture.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: time 
     
    What happened in Kosovo was th
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: war 
     
    For the US, the Kosovo War was a success because it encouraged the development of the Pentagon's 'Revolution in Military Affairs' (RMA). The war provided a test site for experimentation, and paved the way for emergence of what I call in Strategie de la deception 'the second deterrence'.
    — Paul Virilio
    For instance, in 1999, Bill Gates not only published a new book on work at the speed of thought but also detailed how Microsoft's 'Falconview' software would enable the destruction of bridges in Kosovo.
    — Paul Virilio
    The research on vision machines was mainly conducted at the Stanford Research Institute in the US. So, we can say that the events that took place in the Kosovo War were a total confirmation of the thesis of The Vision Machine.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: war  vision  machine  research 
     
    There is, then, a link between the logistics of perception, the wars in Lebanon and the Gulf as well as with CNN and the Pentagon.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: perception  war 
     
    For example, it was this pack of wolves that sparked off the Rodney King affair a few years ago in Los Angeles. Let us consider the situation: a person videos Rodney King being beaten up by the cops. That person then sends in the footage to the TV station. Within hours riots flare up in the city!
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: people  year  example 
     
    Newshounds are people with mini-video cameras, people who are continually taking pictures in the street and sending the tapes in to CNN. These Newshounds are a sort of pack of wolves, continually looking for quarry, but quarry in the form of images.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: people 
     
    If we look at the Gulf War, the same is also true. Indeed, my work on the logistics of perception and the Gulf War was so accurate that I was even asked to discuss it with high-ranking French military officers. They asked me: 'how is it that you wrote that book in 1984 and now it's happening for real?' My answer was: 'the problem is not mine but yours: you have not been doing your job properly!'
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: work  perception  true  problem  job  military  war  book 
     
    In this way, it seems to me that, since 1984, my book on the logistics of perception has been proved totally correct. For instance, almost every conflict since then has involved the logistics of perception, including the war in Lebanon, where Israel made use of cheap drones in order to track Yasser Arafat with the aim of killing him.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: perception  conflict  war  book 
     
    Let us start with the title of War and Cinema. The important part of the title is not War and Cinema.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: war 
     
    Today, the army only occupies the territory once the war is over.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: war 
     
    Look at the Intifadah in Jerusalem. One cannot understand that phenomenon, a phenomenon where people, often very young boys, are successfully harassing one of the best armies in the world, without appreciating their freedom to move!
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: people  freedom  world  young  boys 
     
    I could give examples of cabinet ministers, including defence ministers, who have no technological culture at all. In other words, what I am suggesting is that the hype generated by the publicity around the Internet and so on is not counter balanced by a political intelligence that is based on a technological culture.
    — Paul Virilio
    For example, we have developed an artistic and a literary culture. Nevertheless, the ideals of technological culture remain underdeveloped and therefore outside of popular culture and the practical ideals of democracy.
    — Paul Virilio
    As I pointed out in The Art of the Motor and elsewhere, from now on we need two watches: a wristwatch to tell us what time it is and a GPS watch to tell us what space it is!
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: time  space 
     
    For all the sophistication of GPS, there still remain numerous problems with their use. The most obvious problem in this context is the problem of landmines. For example, when the French troops went into Kosovo they were told that they were going to enter in half-tracks, over the open fields. But their leaders had forgotten about the landmines. And this was a major problem because, these days, landmines are no longer localized.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: problem  leader  example 
     
    GPS are everywhere. They are in cars. They were even in the half-tracks that, initially at least, were going to make the ground invasion in Kosovo possible.
    — Paul Virilio
    May I remind you that the bomb
    — Paul Virilio
    GPS not only played a large and delocalizing role in the war in Kosovo but is increasingly playing a role in social life.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: war 
     
    For instance, the Persian Gulf War was a miniature world war. It took place in a small geographical area. In this sense it was a local war. But it was one that made use of all the power normally reserved for global war.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: power  world  war  miniature 
     
    For me, Sun Tzu's statement that military force is based upon deception is an extraordinary statement.
    — Paul Virilio
    In this way, history now inscribes itself in real time, in the 'live', in the realm of interactivity. Consequently, history no longer resides in the extension of territory.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: time  live  real 
     
    Today, almost all-current technologies put the speed of light to work.
    — Paul Virilio
    tags: work  technology 
     
    Let us put it this way, techno-scientific intelligence is presently insufficiently spread among society at large to enable us to interpret the sorts of techno-scientific advances that are taking shape today.
    — Paul Virilio
  •   Loading... Please wait
  • Search

    Related Authors