The global metropolitics of the future electronic information highways in itself implies the coming of a society no longer divided so much into North and South, but into two distinct temporalities, two speeds: one absolute, the other relative. The gap between developed and underdeveloped countries being reinforced throughout the five continents and leading to an even more radical divide between those who will live under the empire of real time essential to their economic activities at the heart of the virtual community of the world city, and those, more destitute than ever, who will survive in the real space of local towns, that great planetary wasteland that will in future bring together the only too real community of those who no longer have a job or a place to live that are likely to promote harmonious and lasting socialization.


— Paul Virilio

Open Sky (1997): 71.




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