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Sustainable and fast ICT: lessons from dromology

Thomas Taro Lennerfors (Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden)

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

ISSN: 1477-996X

Article publication date: 4 November 2014




This paper aims to suggest that ethical issues in information and communications technology (ICT) should be researched from a holistic perspective, including environmental values and other values inherent in ICT. This paper thoroughly discusses the value of speed by drawing on ICT advertisements and theories of speed, primarily Paul Virilio’s work.


The methodology consists of a semiotic analysis of ICT-related advertisements primarily from Sweden. These empirical data are combined with a close reading of Paul Virilio’s work, and the analysis moves abductively between theory and empirical data.


Speed is promoted in ICT-related advertisements and may be analyzed using concepts of dromology, dromocracy, dromoscopy, the dromosphere, instantaneity and grey ecology.

Research limitations/implications

Most of the data are from the Swedish context.

Social implications

To create a sustainable society, one must explicitly discuss how speed forms and shapes society.


The paper combines philosophical theories with everyday commercials. It draws on the work of Paul Virilio, whose theories are seldom used in studies of information ethics, and redraws attention to the need for a holistic perspective to understand the values of ICT.



The author wishes to thank the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for a grant in aid to your researchers (Wakate B).


Taro Lennerfors, T. (2014), "Sustainable and fast ICT: lessons from dromology", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 284-297.



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