High-Speed Society: Social Acceleration, Power, and by Hartmut Rosa, William E. Scheuerman

By Hartmut Rosa, William E. Scheuerman

All over, existence appears to be like rushing up: we speak of “fast food” and “speed dating.” yet what does the phenomenon of social acceleration fairly entail, and the way new is it? whereas a lot has been written approximately our high-speed society within the well known media, critical educational research has lagged at the back of, and what literature there's comes extra from Europe than from the USA. This selection of essays is a primary step towards exposing readers in this facet of the Atlantic to the significance of this phenomenon and towards constructing a few initial conceptual different types for higher knowing it.

Among the main questions the amount addresses are those: Is acceleration happening throughout all sectors of society and all dimensions of lifestyles, or is it affecting a few greater than others? the place is existence now not rushing up, and what effects from this disparity? What are the basic motives of acceleration, in addition to its outcomes for daily event? How does it impact our political and criminal associations? How a lot velocity will we tolerate?

The quantity tackles those questions in 3 sections. half 1 bargains a variety of astute early analyses of acceleration as skilled within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. half 2 samples fresh makes an attempt at studying social acceleration, together with translations of the paintings of top ecu thinkers. half three explores acceleration’s political implications.

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Generally speaking, the more mobile money is, the less secure is its value because everyone tries to get rid of it as quickly as possible. The obvious objection, that trade requires two people and that the ease with which base money is given away is paralysed by the hesitancy to accept it, is not quite valid, because base money is still better than no money at all (and the same cannot always be claimed for poor merchandise). The interest in money as such has to be discounted against the distaste for base money on the part of the seller of merchandise.

On the other hand, the owner of base money, or money that is valuable only under speciWc circumstances, has a lively interest in the preservation of the circumstances that give value to his possessions. When in the middle of the sixteenth century the princes’ debts had grown to such an extent that there were widespread national bankruptcies, and when in France the sale of annuities was practised to an excessive extent, then it was stated in their defence—since they were very insecure— that in so doing the loyalty of the citizen as an owner of annuities to the king and his interest in saving him would thereby be greatly strengthened.

Qxd 36 10/27/2008 1:49 PM Page 36 classical perspectives metaphysics and theology acted as violent stimulants to mind. An architect might detect a sequence between the Church of St. Peter’s at Rome, the Amiens Cathedral, the Duomo at Pisa, San Marco at Venice, Sancta SoWa at Constantinople and the churches at Ravenna. All the historian dares aªrm is that a sequence is manifestly there, and he has a right to carry back his ratio, to represent the fact, without assuming its numerical correctness.

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