A storm is gathering…

John Naughton’s blog about the latest technology virus and in particular this quote he posted from the recipe ,2195730, buy 00.html”>original article:

To date, the botnet has been used only intermittently, which is disquieting: what it means is that someone, somewhere, is quietly building a doomsday machine that can be rented out to the highest bidder, or used for purposes that we cannot yet predict…

reminded me of a book that Ray Land pointed out to me by the French philosopher, Virilio, called ‘the information bomb’. Here’s a quote taken from a chapter Martin Dyke and I wrote which picks up some of the key points for me:

The speed of development of technologies is frightening – mobile and ubiquitous technologies now abound; technological and almost universal connectedness are now moving towards becoming the norm. Technology is now an integral part of our everyday lives, to the extent that some, like Virilio present a compelling apocalyptic version of the future, contending that the speeding up of society and the major dependency we have on technology for all aspects of our lives is not necessarily a good thing. Land (2006) quotes Virilio as stating that ‘the dromocratic condition serves to compress time and space such that users of networked communication are rapidly approaching a point where they will all operate instantaneously in real time. This can only lead to the collapse of space and the death of Geography’. Virilio sees global interactivity as eroding difference and diversity and removing human prioritising and agency. He forewarns that we are heading towards inevitable disaster on an unprecedented scale, when (not if) technological disaster strikes it will effect all of us instantly; the breakdown of the global communications disaster would soon lead to societal breakdown.

So is this Storm botnet it???


Conole, G. and Dyke, M. (2007), ‘Complexity and interconnection: steering e-learning developments from commodification towards ‘co-modification’’, in H. Spencer-Oatley pp 233-248 (Ed), eLearning in China: eChina Perspectives on Policy, Pedagogy and Innovation, RoutledgeFalmer.

Land, R. (2006) ‘Networked Learning and the Politics of Speed: a Dromological Perspective’, Proceedings of the fifth international conference on networked learning, 10-12th April, 2006, Lancaster.

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