December 03, 2004

Information Bombs

Virilio's "The Information Bomb" (Verso, natch): unkindly, it reads like one of those dedicated and persistent not-even-wrong Usenet sci.physics or sci.math crank postings with its odd word emphasis, the fractured sentences and the meandering deltas of thought, its unexamined premises, its sometimes folksy appeal to common sense ("Everyone agrees that .."), its addiction to neologisms and wordplays (and its rather touching and very sixties and seventies belief that wordplay and puns and such are somehow deeply revealing and meaningful in themselves), its appeal to a sort of romanticism that deftly mixes the glamour of the exotic and new with the illusion of depth from impenetrability. An enjoyable read, though.


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