In this book, Virilio paints a bleak picture of current scientific, cultural, social and political values. Art has succumbed to the techniques of advertising and, in politics, the battle for hearts and minds has become a mere convergence of opinion. TV ratings have triumphed over universal suffrage. The events of 11 September reflect both the manipulation of a global sub-proletariat and the delusions of an elite of rich students and technicians who resemble the "suicidal members of the Heaven's Gate cybersect". And, in this post-humanist dystopia, we are morally rudderless before the threat of biological manipulations as yet undreamed of.
Paul Virilio was made director of the Ecole speciale d'architecture in Paris in 1975. He has written sixteen books including War and Cinema, Open Sky and The Information Bomb