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Pathologies Of Speed

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This chapter shows that in the social world, speed and acceleration are not always the unalloyed benefits that neoliberal ideology portrays them as. Indeed, speed and acceleration have many negative social effects. The chapter examines some preeminent 'pathologies' of this 'bad speed'. The networked speed economy that has developed over the last quarter century has set in motion what is termed a global hyper economy, which acts as the effect of the post-Fordist mode of production. One consequence is a hyper anxiety, an epidemic that again has its roots in temporal changes associated with the compulsion towards increasing social acceleration. The chapter shows that the temporal dimension to this problem is real but it is not sufficiently understood in both the social and health sciences where the tendency has been to view anxiety as an individualized pathology. The chapter describes about the abbreviated thinking.

Keywords: abbreviated thinking; global hyper economy; hyper anxiety; networked speed economy



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