The article traces how contemprary concern with the notion of "speed" may be traced back to Ralph Waldo Emerson, who first understood its paradoxical nature as both promting and promising escape from the constraints of modern life.
"Safety is in our speed": Reading Bauman Reading Emerson / Mariani, Giorgio. - In: REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL AMERICAN STUDIES. - ISSN 1991-2773. - 4.2/4.3:(2010), pp. 40-48.