Empires of Speed: Time and the Acceleration of Politics and Society

Empires of Speed: Time and the Acceleration of Politics and Society

by Robert Hassan
     
 

The beginning of the 21st century is witnessing the emergence of a social, political and technological revolution in networked computing. We now live in a networked society, but it functions and develops at such an accelerating rate that it becomes increasingly difficult to adequately understand the nature of this radical society. Empires of Speed is the

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Overview

The beginning of the 21st century is witnessing the emergence of a social, political and technological revolution in networked computing. We now live in a networked society, but it functions and develops at such an accelerating rate that it becomes increasingly difficult to adequately understand the nature of this radical society. Empires of Speed is the first book to analyse the far-reaching transformations of speed-filled everyday life. In a compelling study Hassan shows that we are leaving behind a modern world based upon the time of the clock, and are entering a new and volatile phase where an accelerating ‘network time’ poses fundamental economic and political challenges in our postmodern world, challenges we barely comprehend and are thus woefully unprepared for.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004175907
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Series:
Supplements to the Study of Time Series, #4
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Hassan is leading thinker on the relationships between social time and information technologies. He is co-editor (with Hartmut Rosa) of the journal Time & Society. His most recent book is The Information Society (Polity, 2008).

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