Speed: Through, Across, and In—The Landscapes of Capital

  • Robert Goldman
  • Stephen Papson
  • Noah Kersey
Keywords: Social Theory, Capitalism, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Critique, Digital Society, Sociology, Scholarly Journal, Peer reviewed journal, Ben Agger, Tim Luke


First published at:




Author Biographies

Robert Goldman
Robert Goldman is a Professor of Sociology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. My work focuses on the political economy of commodity signs from its inception early in the 20th century to its position today in the current stage of global capitalism. Toward that end I have pursued studies of advertising as vehicles for tracking changes in the political economy of sign value. My current work with Stephen Papson and Noah Kersey—"Landscapes of Global Capitalism"—focuses on the current historical moment of global capitalism where we seek to chart the representations and narratives of capital, scientifically advanced technology, spatial globalization, and speed. Earlier works include Reading Ads Socially, Sign Wars (with Steve Papson), and The Sign of the Swoosh (with Steve Papson).
Stephen Papson
Stephen Papson teaches sociology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. With Robert Goldman, he has co-authored Sign Wars and Nike Culture: The Sign of the Swoosh, and with Goldman and Noah Kersey has constructed the website Landscapes of Capital. Presently, he is exploring the use of hypertext in both scholarship and pedagogy.
Noah Kersey
Noah Kersey received his BA in sociology and anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 2001. Since graduation, Noah has worked with Robert Goldman and Stephen Papson on developing new teaching tools and investigating ways to create collaborative opportunities among those studying advertising. These projects have nourished his interest in visual design and the ways that emerging technologies can intersect, complement and ultimately enhance the academic realm. By day, Noah works in the outdoor education field coordinating and leading trips for Lewis & Clark College's Outdoor Program.