Paul Virilio

JAMES DER DERIAN: Is the author dead?

PAUL VIRILIO: There is a great threat to writing. The written work is threatened by the screen, not by the image. There have always been images in books. There have always been images in architecture, like frescoes or stain glass windows. No, it is the evocative power of the screen, and in particular the live screen. It is real time that threatens writing. Writing is always, always, in a deferred time, always delayed. Once the image is live, there is a conflict between deferred time and real time, and in this there is a serious threat to writing and the author.

I am following up on some references here for a discussion on the possibility of commodification of dreamwork on the net. Some more references to come!

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