Overcoming your modernist training for constant improvement, advancement, development and accumulation. That’s what the social psychologist Kenneth Gergen advocates in the new introduction to his famous work The Saturated Self, as quoted by Harmut Rosa in Social Acceleration: I am also struggling against my modernist training for constant improvement, development, and accumulation. Slowly I am […]
His argument chimes with what I was trying to say here about the iPhone. Rosa argues that the prevailing concept of the good life in contemporary society is one which seeks to maximise our access to variety: where we could go, who we could meet, what we could do and who we could be.
I just came across a lovely point in Harmut Rosa’s book about the relationship between social change and musical innovation. Certain forms of music come to be seen as emblematic of the age but, as that age changes so too does the sensibility which is brought to bear upon that music: today certain forms of jazz music that, […]
This is very good – it’s so refreshing to see a critical engagement with Archer’s work of this quality: