Dromology (or how to get rid of technocrats)
‘Dromos’ is the Greek noun for road, but Virilio takes it to mean the activity of race (Virilio 1977:47). It is with this meaning in mind that he coins the term ‘dromology’, which he defined as the “science (or logic) of speed“. Dromology is important when considering the structuring of society in relation to warfare and modern media. He notes that the speed at which something happens may change its essential nature, and that which moves with speed quickly comes to dominate that which is slower. ‘Whoever controls the territory possesses it. Possession of territory is not primarily about laws and contracts, but first and foremost a matter of movement and circulation.’
If we exchange territory for Internet, what happens then? Are the owners of data those who rush across the web, moving files? Faster the mover, more territory s/he controls? If speed is about handling more, the question still remains: what for? Declarations of modernist politicians on saving time with modern technology had fallen into oblivion and still nobody cares to remember abandoned promises. Fast food made more profit, same as faster transport, etc. But, fast life consumes their users faster, so they don’t have any time left for enjoyment. Profit doesn’t mean pleasure, on the contrary, it means more work. So, dromology sounds good in theory, but in real life it turns into demagogy: faster is simply a waste of time.
Slow time is the next “HyperDrom Syndrome”: waste of time will become the most popular hobby for masses and soon, guilt of failure will turn into a love of failure…at that very moment it would be very difficult to control masses using current assets. Rejection of guilt brings rejection of technology, which announces the end of technocracy.
You need a spike to take out a spike.