Paul Virilio
[Writer and theorist, b. 1932, Paris, lives in La Rochelle, France.]

 In industrialized warfare, where the representation of events outstripped the presentation of facts, the image was starting to gain sway over the object, time over space. Soon a conflict of strategic and political interpretation would ensue, with radio and then radar completing the picture. 
 What the technology of photosensitivity introduced... is that the definition of photographic time was no longer the same as time passing, but essentially a kind of time that gets exposed, that “breaks the surface”—surfaces; and this exposure time then succeeds the classic time of succession. 
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