Time Lags, Virtual Desync, and Spatial Dissonance

I think Tim’s on to something with this. I’ve been chewing on it for a few days now; essentially, the virtual metaphor in this has obvious application to tactile realities… more, it’s anchored in them. I’m not sure I agree with Virilio’s assertion that the interruption in question “plays more on temporality than on space”, which is awkward, given that temporality is a form of space; but I’ll defer to Tim’s greater knowledge of the author. Where I think we agree is the understanding that treating physical locations as spatial determinants elides important elements of a larger picture; that social constructions of space fill more than one dimension and offer a more holistic and fruitful way of looking at things; and that the interface between nets, webs, and our understanding of the spaces in between suggest intriguing pathways for inquiry.

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  1. What Virilio is saying is part of his more general idea that as communication approaches zero-time it negates the significance of physical distance. If we could fly across the Atlantic in a few minutes, how would we perceive the space in between London and New York? Not much, Virilio would argue. That time-as-space is still habitable, but in a very different way – ungrounded, nomadic, etc.

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