Note — Aug 11, 2019

No.89 Asides

On social acceleration

Alan Jacobs unpacking some of Hartmut Rosa’s book, Social Acceleration. Interesting view of a phenomenon of acceleration along three dimensions but I’m including it here for this Virilio quote.

Rosa often uses in the book a phrase by the cultural theorist Paul Virilio: “frenetic standstill” — the widespread sense that the world around us is in constant flux and yet nothing essential is happening — nothing essential can happen. (There’s a fascinating section of the book on the ways that depression is a natural response to this and therefore the characteristic disease of late modernity.)