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Paul Virilio (2012) The Great Accelerator p. 31-65

Paul Virilio (2012) The Great Accelerator p. 31-65

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Te Great Accelerator
Pau Vr
ranslated by Julie Rose
poliT Lte f vte fe
Communism han't disappeaed, itsbeen privaized.Marius Opea
Mde de ve 
(lifestyle) and cardiac rhythms (heart-beats
mo de 1itesse 
speed mode and technicalrhythmics (technical cycles) that, in a nutshellis the question posed by the TEMPO of ouruse of time and space in a vitality that was oncerunofthemill but is now suering from every-day lifes electrotechnical ARHYTHMIA whichnever stops rockng people's consciences.e old calendarbased systems of agrar-ian societies their seasonal rhythms havelong yielded to the systems and rhyhms of 
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 THE GREAT ACCELEOR 
industrialization and the mass population shisfrom the county to the towns his process has,by the same token, abolished the remainderof the West's Christian rituals with public holidaysdwindling as the programmed end of lifetimeemployment the practice of openended workcontracts spreads along with structural unem-ployment It has reached the point of pure andsimple elimination of the weekly cle now thatSunday has been subverted as a day of rest andthe muchtoued sevendaysaweek (7/7) madeimperativeAnnual and seasonal not so long ago, weekly and daily after that, this truly historic rhythmicswas to be given a fatal blow by the cyberneticinformation revolution For,theaccelerationof common reality swftly makes patia le,everyday life and not just social or family lifeimpossible. 1is has recently resulted in the atom-ization, the sudden fractalization' of social unitswhich, beyond the risks of communitarianism',entails the incomparably more serious risksof an emotional SYNCHRONIZATION thatwillleadto a communism of aects' on the scale of a planet reduced to nothing, where the real timeof yber instantaneity will, this time, nally 
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 THE GRET ACCEEATOR 
overtake the real space of the time dierencesand time distances involved in our indispensable relationship with the world Desocializationwill thereby extend people's current mental andemotional disorientationMedia pressure already notoriously ends upexposing the private lives of select individualspoliticians, celebrities, toptier' sportsmen, evenof that avantgarde of progressivism, the presenters of nightly newscasts. Here we might notethe doping of television audiences is no longerchemical but electrooptical and it has reachedthe point where the usual simulation of thevirtual world of screens is enhanced by the rhythmical excess of a stimulation that mently andemotionally shakes people once so attentive tothe hours of the day andth months of the cvlyear that successfully replaed the new ear of thehistorical calendar system and the h
;
ly year of the jubilees of yoreOneparticular presenter, a woman, put itthis way: My objective is to feel that I'm alwaysalive to not become mummied But I don'tnow if I can keep up the pace for much longer.Iknow that if Id worked less, I'dhavehada second child. hat will always be my great
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 E GE ACELE 
regret But current aairs are forever wearing usdownPresenter, male or femalethis denominationisrevelatory of the latest of futurisms: that of the electrotechnical doping perpetrated by theOMNIPESEN instant that so relentlessly tortures former journalists, whove suddenly segued into instantaneists omorrow it willaect each and every one of us, transforming theordinary life of sedentarized societies, here orthere, into an infraordinary life or, the pho-tosensitive inertia of viewers will shortly catch upwith that of their favourite presenters, the inertiaof the real instant of the newsash standing in forthe xedproperty inertia of their domiciliatione delocalization of our use of space,
pde ese,
will b doubled by disorientation inour use of time,
p u p
in a daily lifeonce given rhyhm by the alternation of daysand nights, and now shattered by the breaks inrhythm caused by an entirely denatured acrobaticvitalityIts as if the end of lifetime employment with
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'Audry Pulvar nfourh un noull i, n
Pas Match

Jul
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 E GEA ACCELEAO 
its very long durations and its profession con-straints, had suddenly mutated in the face of the disciplinary demands of the unforeseen theunexpected of the justintime nature of tightdistribution, for the very people who are already no longer producers, actors of progress, but mereonlookers consumers of the bckground noiseof an INEEACIY that takes the placeof the INEMEDIAION of the employees of the not so distant pastSo, employment as a way of life, a
 d v
is superseded by life as a users manual,
Iv d dp
as Georges Perec would say,for a new kind of provisional society one exces-sively instrumentalized and endlessly incited tooverreact to this or that signal, all the diversestimuliof a prmanent stat of alarm n thatstate the instantaneiy of what cops up unex-pectedly will doubtless condition the puttinginto a trance not of the citizensoldier anymorebut of a citizensubject within a social networkthat will soon replace the netork based on thephysical proximity of actual people People likeour old neighbours who wed so oen bumpinto in the PCES behind the SOCIALCONNECIIY of our past domiciliary 
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