Empires of Speed

Time and the Acceleration of Politics and Society


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.

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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).
Those interested in ideas on temporality, social theory, politics, economic history, modernity and postmodernity, cultural studies, as well as social and economic effects of information technologies.
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