(Siehe auch http://www.ernst-juenger.org/2011/02/iphone4-or-iphonophore.html)
Anyone who has read Heliopolis, Jünger´s first futuristic novel, should not be surprised by the title of this blog and the embedded lecture. These readers already know that an apparatus with almost identical functions to today's smart phones appeared in this novel way back in 1949.
A pity that the speaker, after so convincingly explaining the remarkable parallels between the phonophore and smart phone/internet, seems to feel obliged to discover some flaws in Jünger's vision - but then the speaker is after all German and the visionary is Ernst Jünger, their own beloved national scapegoat.
Which is not to say that the internet, like the phonophore network and the Luminar of Eumeswil, cannot be leveraged by individuals by their own genuine advantage. It all depends on the user, not the tool. Only an individual - and never a society - can ever hope to be free and "unruled from above" - that is to say literally, an an-arch.