The Accidents Waiting To Happen

Are we more prone to accidents than in the past? A French philosopher believes so. “Technology and communications have made accidents more global in their impact. In his view, if an accident was long defined as chance, today only its timing and consequences are hard to predict; the accident itself is already bound to occur. To underline the importance of this unwelcome variable to modern society, Paul Virilio is promoting the creation of a Museum of Accidents. ‘The museum’s purpose would not be to ‘spread fear’ but to confront what is no longer a chance event’.”