The Possessed Individual: Technology and Postmodernity by Arthur Kroker

By Arthur Kroker

The influence of French concept from Baudrillard and Barthes to Virilio, Lyotard, Deleuze and Guattari within the type of post-structuralism and postmodern thought has, Arthur Kroker argues, masked its real value as an eloquent account of expertise now not as an item we will be able to carry open air ourselves yet an invasive cynical strength, the place lower than the signal of possessed individualism existence is enfolded in the dynamic technological language of digital fact.

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Now, the leaders of the war machine can speak triumphantly of mega-deaths, because death is also total release from the earthly constraints of gravitation.

As Grant recounts, in his critique of the liberal account of justice: He delayed them from knowing there are no moral facts, but only the moral interpretation of facts, and that these interpretations can be explained as arising from the historical vicissitudes of the senses. Moral interpretations are what we call our 'values', and these are what our wills impose upon the facts. " Now, I have privileged the contribution of Grant to an understanding of technologi. cal society as a more measured way of making the point that Virilio's religious dissent is simultaneously the singular strength and fatal flaw of his perspective.

Here, the body is emptied out, turned into a blank" metabolic vehicle," a speedway absorbing all of the infrared signs of the mediascape, trapped in a closed horizon which moves according to technological, not biological, time. Virilio is explicit about the interpellation of the flesh by speed or, what is the same, the interiorization ofthe "will to nothingness" as the dynamic subject of dromology. " 18 The metabolic body is always ready to be invaded by all of the war strategies: sometimes by psychiatry, sometimes by Skinnerian behavioralist strategies of operant conditioning; sometimes by advertising campaigns which translate a Kleinian object fixation into moments of seduction and abandonment.

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