Challenging the Virilian Doxa: Of Flow, Speed and Trajectory in Allan Gillis’s Poetry
Much time is spent updating personal and professional profiles online as well as websites these days or communicating through social networks and apps while at the same time being confronted with incessant demands for immediate replies, and expecting immediate service or instant interaction ourselves. Sometimes frustration is around the corner when network efficiency fails to meet our expectations. Common opinion has it – albeit on the side of conservatives – that the contemporary abundance of media and computer-generated interactions has had a damaging effect on relationships and creativity. That idea has a whiff of lingering nostalgia for a more authentic, not to say pre-lapsarian, pre-Internet life. Philosopher Paul Virilio for instance, laments the negative human consequences resulting from the distancing effects brought about by cyberspace involvement:
Together with the build-up of information superhighways we are facing a new phenomenon: loss of orientation. A fundamental loss of orientation complementing and concluding the societal liberalization and the deregulation of financial markets whose nefarious effects are well-known. A duplication of sensible reality, into reality and virtuality, is in the making. A stereo-reality of sorts threatens. A total loss of the bearings of the individual looms large. To exist, is to exist in situ, here and now, hic et nunc. This is precisely what is being threatened by cyberspace and instantaneous, globalized information flows.1 ← 127 | 128 →
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