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The Internet is a good example: ‘[It] has not only increased the speed of communicative exchange and the “virtualisation” of economic and productive processes; it also establishes new occupational, economic, and communicative structures, opening up new patterns of social interaction and even new forms of social identity’ (Rosa 2003: 10). These novelties demand an acceleration of the pace of life, subsequently requiring new technological inventions and solutions, which in turn trigger processes of technological acceleration.
Continual circulation of capital and its different metamorphoses eventually means generation of surplus. 38 Accelerating Academia The renewal of production depends on the sale of completed products: the transformation of commodities into money and further transformation of money into the inputs of production – raw material, machinery, technology and wages. g. is not the market’s distance in space, but the speed – the amount of time – with which it can be reached), by that much the velocity of circulation, the time in which it is accomplished, is a determinant time; how often capital can be realized in a given period of time, how often it can reproduce and multiply its value.
The increasing integration of this ‘telecommunication infrastructure’ into our life-worlds is unquestionable. Routine and taken-for-granted telemediatized practices account for a shift in ‘wider cultural sensibilities evident in developed, global-modern societies’ (2007b: 157). However, Tomlinson is not simply revisiting another, more ‘cultured’, version of Rosa’s ‘technological acceleration’; his aim is to highlight the relationship between the telecommunication infrastructure and wider shifts of cultural sensibilities: ‘the increasing tacit assumption – structured into both the work process and wider social etiquette – that we have a social obligation both to be skilled users of technology and, more importantly, to be almost constantly available to and for communication – that it is a mark of neglect, of irresponsibility, to be off-line, off-message, incommunicado’ (2007b: 158, emphasis original).