Pure War  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Pure War (1983, 1997) is a book by Paul Virilio who is interviewed by Paul Virilio. "Pure war" is a concept devised by Paul Virilio.

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"Pure war" is the name of the invisible war that technology is waging against humanity. In a dialogue with Sylvère Lotringer, Paul Virilio displays his reflections on the effect of speed on our civilization. For Virilio, the philosopher of speed, the "technical surprise" of World War I was the discovery that the wartime economy could not be sustained unless it was continued in peacetime. As a consequence, the distinction between war and peace ceased to apply, inaugurating the military-industrial complex and the militarization of science itself.
Every new invention has a downside which we are unwilling to acknowledge in the name of progress: the invention of automobiles inaugurated car-crashes; the invention of nuclear energy, Hiroshima and Tchernobyl. The technologies of instant communications have invented pure war.

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