Students roundtable : Going faster, will it allow us to gain time?
Leo Aschenbrenner Boonstra is originally from Sweden but is a Classics student at the University of Edinburgh. He is especially interested in Greek literature and philosophy, which still have the power to help us understand the world. Another field of interest is how more modern perspectives and theories, such as psychoanalysis, can be applied to classical literature. At Swedish high school Södra Latin, he studied a broad program focused on languages and literature. For several years during his childhood, he used to sing in a boys’ choir.
Our daily life seems to be articulated around omnipresent accelerations. Automated transports, automatic correctors, search engines, notifications... We are used to knowing the result of a crucial election in real time, we can even automatically replay the crucial goal of a thrilling match online within seconds. Access to information is so rapid that the distance from events to the present seems to be fading away and the length of time that separates us from events in the near future seems to be shrinking. The digital even proposes to accelerate our private lives by organizing romantic meetings in one click! But does speeding up really save time? This is the question that six students will discuss at this roundtable. Their goal will be to highlight the relationship millennials maintain within our current society and impact of the quickening pace it imposes on us.