Speed Limits

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-08
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
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The pivotal role played by speed in modern life: from art and architecture to graphics and design to the material culture. One hundred years ago, The Foundation and Manifesto of Futurism, proclaimed that the worlds magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A century later, the tempo of life continues to accelerate, propelled by the ubiquity of portable media and communications devices. Speed sports are as popular as ever, air travel continues to grow, and car culture is invading the most populous areas of the globe. Business books with titles like The Need for Speed, Speed is Life, Rev it Up, and The Age of Speed proliferate on bookstore shelves as never before. Yet speed seems anything but beautiful to a growing chorus of voices that has arisen to denounce its deleterious impact upon contemporary life: whether from the standpoint of environmental devastation, stressful lifestyles, urban sprawl, or the ubiquity of nutritionally deficient fast food.

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