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A New Empire

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This chapter acts as a series of signposts that touches lightly upon the theory of the Empire of Speed. It acts as a mise en scène, a highlighting of a logic which today envelops us but one can take for granted-the need always to work faster, move faster, think faster and live faster. The culture of speed is a culture borne of the interactions of globalization, of neoliberalism and information technologies. Today, speed-generating devices such as cell phones, PDAs and laptop computers connect us to networks that annihilate space and compress time in a systemic and systematic way. The neoliberal Empire of Speed is created by an increasingly ungoverned capitalism that has become uncoupled from the philosophical constrictions of modernity, from the technical restrictions of Fordism and from the local-political traditions of national sovereignty.

Keywords: national sovereignty; neoliberal Empire; speed-generating devices



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