Today we are constantly amazed by the speed of technology. What was impossible yesterday is possible today. Paul Virilio says “speed makes history” (p. 90). Speed is the advancement of civilization. Movement of people around the world and away from it. We move so fast now we can be everywhere or anywhere at once, with the ubiquity of the internet it allows each person to be connect to every other. This speed is such that it exists as a bomb according to Virilio, a bomb that we make inside ourselves. The movement of history has been over taken by real time (p. 69). This real time movement includes the movement of ideas, people, goods, and weapons which exist in a large sense in Dromology (from dromos, race) the study of speed.
Virilio views speed as crucial to many advancements in society. The rapid spread of globalization and the change of the world time into “real time” (p. 74). By the very nature of globalization it diminishes boarders and trade barriers. Virilio talks about the concept of glocialization, something or someone existing in a small local sense but being connected to the larger global world. This glocialization means that no matter large in scale we look at the world we exist and are connected on a local level. This connectivity is driven by speed of technology.
The affect of speed can be seen at many levels, one of the most obvious of which is computer technology; integrated circuit to be exact. Moore's law named after the co-founder of Intel, Gorden Moore states in a 1965 paper that the number of components on a integrated circuit doubles every year since its invention, later adjusted to 18 months (Schaller, 1997). The advancement of computing power has in large part made the dromoscopic world possible.
The speed that drives globalization also drives the speed in products. Apple Inc. currently the largest company in the world by market value has masses of people lining up for releases of their products so they can get them first. Speed not only drives the consumers but also the products. Each iteration of Apple's products is smaller and more portable than the last. The products are updated with the newest technology every year. Once a new version of the device is out the old one is viewed as outdated, and lacking functionality. Historically as the largest company you would expect to see an oil, car, or railroad company if you go back far enough in history. In our dromoscopic world where we exist in a compressed state renders our need to have devices that allow use to be connected to one another at all times. This connectedness is what Virilio calls “accelerated reality” (p. 80). The view of speed not for speed sake, but for the utility of speed. Getting more out of less or more out of more for the purposes of advancement.
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