Tyranny of the Moment: Fast and Slow Time in the Information by Thomas Hylland Eriksen

By Thomas Hylland Eriksen

The flip of the millennium is characterised by way of exponential development in every thing on the topic of verbal exchange – from the web and e mail to air site visitors. Tyranny of the instant bargains with the most complicated paradoxes of this new info age. Who may have anticipated that it appears time-saving know-how leads to time being scarcer than ever? And has this probably unlimited entry to info ended in confusion instead of enlightenment? Eriksen argues that sluggish time – inner most sessions the place we will imagine and correspond with out interruption – is now some of the most helpful assets we now have. given that we're theoretically 'online' 24 hours an afternoon, we needs to struggle for the proper to be unavailable – the suitable to dwell and imagine extra slowly. it's not basically that operating hours became longer – Eriksen additionally indicates how the common sense of this new info expertise has permeated each region of our lives. Exploring phenomena corresponding to the net, wap phones, multi- channel tv and e mail, Eriksen examines this non-linear and fragmented approach of speaking to bare the way it impacts operating stipulations within the economic system, alterations in kinfolk lifestyles and, finally, own identification. Eriksen argues tradition missing a feeling of its prior, and consequently of its destiny, is successfully static. even supposing strategies are urged, he demonstrates that there's no effortless method out.

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Plato’s dialogues and Aristotle’s treatises consist of logically coherent, lengthy strings of reasoning, clear definitions and meta-discussions of the nature of language and words, all of which presupposes a clear distinction between a concept and its object. Language is, in other words, severed from the speech act, it is reified and externalised. The ideas can be subjected to critical examination, one may go back and forth in the text to check what the author said on the previous page, and one may examine, at one’s leisure, the degree of logical coherence in the reasoning.

Or perhaps better: Like books, manufactured goods became cheaper and more easily available. Industrial production synchronises work and standardises its products. An item, such as, say, a mini-disc recorder, is identical with all other items of the same make and model, and if it is unique, that is because of some defect. In the society of craftmanship, on the contrary, each object was individually made and unique. The time recorder and the factory clock belong to the industrial mode of production.

Printing entailed standardisation in other countries as well, and facilitated access to books written in native languages, at the expense of Latin. The market was suddenly much larger than the small elite of Latin scholars. Printing was a decisive factor for the emergence of new science, philosophy and literature in early modern times. It was crucial for both mass education and the creation of civil society in European cities, and led to consequences Gutenberg could never have foreseen. His main ambitions seem to have been to print Bibles and pay his debts.

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