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How Philosopher Paul Virilio (1932-2018) Spoke to an Age of Acceleration and Total War | Frieze
Modernity is war on ever increasing scales: expanding from the tactical to the strategic to the logistic. World War II was won not by generals but by quartermasters, by the ones who kept the biggest flows of boots and bullets and bodies moving toward the front.

Modernity is also war on more and more kinds of terrain. Warfare not only took to the air but to the airwaves. The modern world is a condition of generalized information warfare. Not only is architecture vulnerable to bombs, it proves defenseless against information, passing through the doors and walls of our homes, rearranging the space and time we imagine we live within.
war  information  philosophy  speech  theory  writing  nonfiction  wwii  terrorism  terror 
12 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
How Jihadists Use Twitter, And Soon Even Instagram | Fast Company
“The migration of jihadis to Twitter is happening, but Twitter is unlikely to replace the forums because it cannot supplant the authentication function of the elite forums, which remains critical. Twitter, however, offers flexibility and security for times when the forums are under attack or groups are looking to put out information in breaking news situations,” Zelin writes.
terrorism  social  activism  twitter  instagram  gwot  fastcompany 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Brett Solomon Interview - The Most Important Site on The Internet Today - Esquire
I think the Internet in terms of roads: It's true that criminals use roads, but it doesn't mean you don't want safe passageways for the rest of the citizens! It would be naive to think that the Internet would be a rights-restricting space. We should deal with criminal behavior like terrorism in the same way online that we would offline. Any incursion into the rights of privacy and the rights of expression should be very carefully managed and should be the exception.
internet  technology  privacy  terrorism  infrastructure  power  communication 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Army Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn on how to fix intelligence in the Afghan war - By Tom Ricks | The Best Defense
This is one of the most informative documents I've ever read on contemporary intelligence issues. I think you should stop reading this blog and read it now!

By the way, the report has the effect of an order from a two-star general -- I believe that's a first in think tank history. As I understand it, the paper was released through CNAS because Gen. Flynn wanted to reach beyond his own chain of command and his own community and talk to people such as commanders of deploying infantry units about what kind of intelligence they should be demanding.
war  afghanistan  attention  reputation  military  usa  terrorism 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
RT: Features : Swarming – the new face of subversion and terrorism
However, the latest advances in communications and information technology has made swarming one of the most attractive combat doctrines of the near future. To use swarming tactics successfully, combat units, like locusts and bees, need a high degree of mutual alertness and a kind of ‘critical mass’ to ensure spontaneous decision-making and instantaneous synchronization of efforts. It is, basically, networking, but of a kind where no time is lost on the forming of the necessary network and on causing it to act.
physics  aesthetics  information  communications  fauna  war  terrorism 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - John Hodgman
"Nostalgia is the most toxic impulse of all. It's what drives terrorism, on either end of the political spectrum, the idea that there is a beautiful past we can recover if we just force everyone to do what we want, through persuasion or bombs. That has been a fantasy since the good old days that never existed."
memory  writing  creativity  books  portland  war  politics  terrorism  interviews 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Fears, Again, of Oil Supplies at Risk - New York Times (14 October 2001)
" 'If bin Laden takes over and becomes king of Saudi Arabia, he'd turn off the tap. [...] He said at one point that he wants oil to be $144 a barrel' -- about six times what it sells for now."
oil  terrorism  saudiarabia  energy 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Is the Orient an invention? - Telegraph
"According to Said, a cluster of assumptions and commonly held beliefs (touching on everything from the spice trade to ideas of Oriental despotism, sensuality and splendour) dominate Western perceptions of the East."
theory  academia  middleeast  culture  europe  terrorism  september11 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge / Comment & analysis / Comment - Know, rather than imagine, your enemy
"It would be neat if the world were divided between freedom-loving democrats without a thought of aggression and murderous totalitarians, heirs of Hitler, bent on imposing their will. Yet this clearly is not the case."
afghanistan  iraq  usa  politics  middleeast  terrorism  september11  identity  aesthetics  power 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Reinforcing Negative Images At Dulles -
"The continued poor treatment of foreigners at American airports is insulting and results in affirming and entrenching the negative American image abroad."
immigration  travel  usa  terrorism  airport 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Our Cells, Ourselves
"It was always thought to have a kind of fascist or totalitarian overtone. That turns out to be wrong. The control is not central. But it does feel like control."
culture  demographics  history  mobile  social  society  technology  terrorism  identity  attention  presence  socialnetworking 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Iraq: The War Card - The Center for Public Integrity
"In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."
bush  cheney  data  government  iraq  journalism  memory  military  politics  research  rhetoric  statistics  terrorism  usa  war 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Where Boys Grow Up To Be Jihadis
“Terrorism is really a collective decision, not an individual one. It’s about kinship and friendship.”
iraq  islam  journalism  news  politics  psychology  religion  social  terrorism  violence  men  identity  africa  morocco  spain  war  middleeast  immigration  europe 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - To Warm Up for My Big Book Tour, I Sometimes Like to Do Some National Security Work
" 'What do you think, George,' he asked sincerely. 'You know all about various narrative devices, and how to get an epiphanic ending that really seems earned. How are we doing here?' "
terror  terrorism  cuba  usa  books  writing  fiction 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
U.S. Tour Industry Focuses on Foreigners --
"It's a perception issue. It's very easy for the negative stories to get, No. 1, blown out of proportion and, No. 2, to spread far and wide."
immigration  travel  transportation  newyork  nyc  terror  terrorism  september11 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Sadr's army proves hard to beat - Los Angeles Times
"The people say: 'I trust the terrorists. I trust that when the terrorist says he will kill my family, he will do it.' But they say: 'I don't trust the American. He has been saying I will have water and sewer for two years.' "
iraq  war  terror  terrorism  religion  islam 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Policing Terrrorism
"By emphasizing the criminality of terrorism, Brown effectively changed the terms (and the temperature) of the British debate: he redefined a world historical threat as a manageable danger."
terrorism  uk 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
James Fallows: 'Weekend Edition Sunday' interview/Chertoff's folly
"Don't live under vague 'gut feeling' fears that something very bad is about to occur. If you do that, then in the parlance of the early 2000s, 'the terrorists will have won.' "
terrorism  uk 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Daily Dish: The Presser
"[T]he president conflated every single radical element in the Middle East into one amorphous anti-American entity. It appears that he sees Shiite militias, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, Hamas and the Sunni insurgents as indistinguishable."
blog  blogging  blogs  iraq  news  weblogs  politics  bush  terrorism  islam  war 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Army Forbids Troops From Blogging - Wired News
"Some units may require that soldiers register their blog with the unit for identification purposes with occasional spot checks after an initial review. Other units may require a review before every posting."
military  blogging  weblogs  internet  www  law  war  terrorism  civilliberties 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Army recruiter vs. the gay man | Chicago Tribune
"One thing, I'm not up on current politics but since its 2007, I would imagine also that I am now able to serve in the US military as an openly gay man, right?"
usa  military  jobs  work  gay  terrorism  iraq 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
New Profiling Program Raises Privacy Concerns -
"The idea is to troll a vast sea of information, including audio and visual, and extract suspicious people, places and other elements based on their links and behavioral patterns." (Ugh! "Trawl," not "troll"!)
privacy  government  usa  terrorism  civilrights  civilliberties  bush  encryption  social  information  politics 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Rock Star Rattles Radical Islam
"Warriors of Love, teach the mystical science of love, for only love is the eternal truth and the shining path for all God's children everywhere in the world."
islam  indonesia  music  songwriting  rock  terrorism  religion  asian  love  spirituality 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge Arts & Entertainment | Darkness becomes them
"[T]he networks have integrated sci-fi into the mainstream with shows that not only dig deeper into questions of community and the ways that communities react to outside threats, but also explore the responses of individuals to intense circumstances."
television  fiction  terrorism  media  story  sciencefiction  robots  community  society 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
The New Yorker: The World after 9/11
"We were attackable. And so our enemies lost their respect for all of our billions of dollars’ worth of hardware."
911  september11  terrorism  usa  europe  afghanistan  iraq  iran  lebanon  war  politics 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 08/11/2006 | Bay Area airports, fliers adjust to terror alert
"'We've got extra staffing. The passengers know what the deal is. We're a lot better prepared than yesterday,' Davison said."
sfo  oakland  airport  police  terrorism  alamedacounty  contracostatimes 
august 2006 by allaboutgeorge
FlaT-U: Newspaper's war coverage falling short of the mark
"This unfolding story should be handled as if it is one of the biggest and most important stories in a generation and as if it is deeply important to many readers in our community."
war  iraq  terrorism  journalism  media  newspapers 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge Nation -- Interview: Josh Rushing
"It upset me on a profound level that I wasn't bothered as much the night before. It makes me hate war. But it doesn't make me believe we can live in a world without war yet."
television  media  journalism  cable  aljazeera  usa  terrorism  iraq 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: New 'Truisms' in Words and Light
"We try to show the world the argument the government has with itself. By beaming photons through the text, Jenny Holzer makes it less omnipotent, less powerful. She breaks it apart with beams of light and yet broadcasts what was a secret."
art  architecture  nyc  terrorism  aesthetics  usa 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Eleventh of Never
"You can never go back and pick up where you left off. Such an enormous event doesn't just postpone or divert things; it upsets everything kind of forever. It's as if life starts all over."
september11  terrorism  911 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Dangerous Characters
"[...] Terror, for its spectators if not for its direct victims, is a visual phenomenon, where the novel is verbal and interior. And then the novel -- as goes without saying, but is most important of all -- doesn't kill anyone."
books  terrorism  september11  fiction  911 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
VV: Robert Christgau's "Burning Bright"
"The obscure particulars of those contradictions compel anyone moved by her music to give them some thought, if only for an ignorant moment—to recognize and somehow account for them. In these perilous, escapist days, that alone is quite a lot."
songwriting  music  terrorism  globalization  politics 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: The Pop Culture of 9/11
"With M.I.A. and other modern, non-U.S.-based artists such as dj/rupture, you can hear the non-glossy, even arbitrary collisions of cultures over militant, indifferent rhythms."
songwriting  music  terrorism  911  usa  globalization 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
The Morning News: Diaries of Andy Warhol, Terrorism Czar
"Then he asked, 'Anything else going on? Did you come up with any plans or strategies to fight terrorism?' 'Yes,' I said. 'I am sending David Bowie to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.'"
shortstory  terrorism 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Newsday: Survey finds support for restricting Muslim-Americans' freedoms
"The more attention paid to television news, the more you fear terrorism, and you are more likely to favor restrictions on civil liberties."
civilliberties  islam  media  religion  television  terrorism 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: How to Cross Borders, Social or Otherwise
"This is a system of knowledge that can be used as a weapon. Will it be used as that? It's the same as giving people a street map. It could help prepare burglaries or riots, but it could just help you walk around.''
activism  aesthetics  europe  identity  terrorism  usa 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Cornell News: Terrorist warnings boost Bush approval ratings
"This research suggests that individuals may respond to reminders of their mortality, like terror warnings, by supporting their current leaders."
bush  elections  identity  politics  terrorism  usa 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
TIME Europe Magazine: The Zen of Zapatero -- September 27, 2004 | Vol. 164, No. 12
"Our people have learned to adapt and understand that we have to combat [terrorism] by being firm but also by respecting democracy."
europe  politics  spain  terrorism 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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