“Virilio's Electronic Dérive” provides a summary of Ville panique. It shows that the culture critic joins a contemporary debate on the city, democracy, and citizenship. It argues that by writing at the limit of a shift in style and mode of communication, the critic takes what is a tendency for truth. Virilio's apocalyptic style refuses any kind of nuancing. He argues for general disaster under the impact of technologies. Thus, he does not bring out economic injustices, on the one hand, and, on the other, risks losing credibility by being seen as technophobic.
Virilio's Electronic Dérive
VERENA ANDERMATT CONLEY TEACHES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES AND IN THE LITERATURE PROGRAM AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY. SHE STUDIES SUBJECTIVITIES AND TRANSFORMATIONS OF SPACE IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE. RECENT PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE ECOPOLITICS: THE ENVIRONMENT IN POSTSTRUCTURALIST THOUGHT (1997), THE WAR AGAINST THE BEAVERS: LEARNING TO BE WILD IN THE NORTH WOODS (2003 HARD COVER; 2005 PAPERBACK) AND LITTÉRATURE, POLITIQUE ET COMMUNISME: LIRE LES LETTRES FRANÇAISES, 1942–1972 (2005).