In his 1989 book, Fast Capitalism, Ben Agger presented a framework for understanding late-20th century social problems. Speeding Up Fast Capitalism, a sequel to his earlier book, assesses social changes since the end of the 1980s brought about by information technologies like the Internet, which have quickened the pace of everyday life. In Speeding Up Fast Capitalism, Agger assesses the impact of the Internet on consciousness, communication, culture and community, and evaluates the prospects of democratic social change. Where the earlier book was largely theoretical, Speeding Up applies critical theory to specific topics such as Internet culture, work, families, childhood, schooling, food, the body and fitness. Although indebted to Fast Capitalism, the sequel appeals to an audience wider than theorists, including empirical sociologists, social scientists and scholars in cultural disciplines.
Table of Contents
Preface Chapter 1: Faster Capitalism? Chapter 2: Domination at the Speed of Light Chapter 3: The Omnipresence of Work Chapter 4: Fast Families and Virtual Children Chapter 5: Fast Food, Fasting Bodies Chapter 6: Slowmodernity References Index About the Author
“A very personal critique and analysis of the postmodern stage of capitalism as transformed by the Internet and media culture. Agger has produced an impressive body of work.”