Magazine article New Internationalist

10 Years Ago

Magazine article New Internationalist

10 Years Ago

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... At the time he first proposed it, I remember being sceptical about Richard Swift's idea for an issue on the way our lives are constantly speeding up: Rush to Nowhere - How turbo-capitalism eats time. It seemed like it might not be substantial enough for a main theme of the magazine.

How wrong can you be? The magazine did what the very best issues of New Internationalist can do by suggesting another way of looking at the world. It showed why the clock was more vital to industrial civilization than the steam engine. It linked the obsession with saving time to our relentless exhaustion of natural resources and our increasingly fractured communities. It dissected the pernicious theory that 'time is money' (apparently a phrase of Benjamin Franklin). …

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