By John Tomlinson
'John Tomlinson's new e-book is a call for participation to an event. It features a necessary key to release the doorways into the unmapped and unexplored cultural and moral of 'immediacy'. with no this key proposal any further it's going to now not be attainable to make feel of the social lifestyles of our instances and its ambivalences' - Prof Dr Ulrich Beck, collage of Munich 'Tomlinson's examine is a such a lot welcome, stimulating and tough exploration of the cultural influence and importance of pace in complex sleek societies. It effectively interweaves theoretical discourse, historic and modern analyses and innovative use of literary assets, all of that are mobilised on the way to offer an unique, intellectually lucrative and important account of the altering importance of velocity in our daily experience' - David Frisby, London institution of Economics and Political technological know-how Is the speed of lifestyles accelerating? if that is so, what are the cultural, social, own and fiscal effects? This stimulating and obtainable publication examines how velocity emerged as a cultural factor in the course of business modernity. the increase of capitalist society and the shift to city settings was once speedy and tumultuous and used to be outlined by means of the idea in 'progress'. the 1st crisis confronted through societies that have been commencing to 'speed up' was once how you can keep an eye on and keep an eye on the method. The try to control the acceleration of existence created a brand new set of difficulties, particularly the way velocity escapes law and rebels opposed to controls. This development of acceleration and regulate therefore outlined debates concerning the cultural results of acceleration. even if, within the twenty first century 'immediacy', the mix of speedy capitalism and the saturation of the standard through media applied sciences, has emerged because the middle function of regulate.
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Lampooned by Charlie Chaplin in the film Modern Times,24 ‘Taylorism’ has become synonymous with the use of the time-and-motion study, intense worker scrutiny and the rigid differentiation of tasks to eliminate all ‘wasted’ actions from work processes and to maximize task efficiency. Although most generally thought of as a rather crude precursor to modern management and organizations theory – and one that has, it is often argued, now been superseded – Taylorism is more properly understood as one of the formative, and indeed enduring, strategies in the disciplining of the workforce within modern capitalism (Braverman, 1974; Hardt and Negri, 2000).
Musil, 1995: 27) Stephen Kern interprets this as, ‘a caricature of Europe speeding out of control, heading towards war’ (Kern, 2003: 127) but it could equally be read as a lampoon of the sort of high-speed heroic functionalism – an odd blend of the Nietzschian ideal of the Übermensch34 with Taylorism – which lay in the hinterland of Le Corbusier’s pristine planning vision. What is more striking about Musil’s imagination, though, is the way it grasps precisely the resistance of the dynamism of modern life to planning.
The city is the place where the forces and fruits of modernity – capitalist enterprise, machine industrialism, the concentration of populations and the energy of their everyday activities, the traffic of crowds and vehicles, the constant encounter with strangers and with cultural difference, and the kaleidoscopic display of commodities and experiences for purchase – all come together. It is in the modern city that the acceleration of cultural pace has its ‘natural’ setting, and the experience of urban life typically displays the classic ambiguities of modernity – simultaneous vivacity and stress – in tempo as in so much else.
The Culture of Speed: The Coming of Immediacy by John Tomlinson