By Thomas Hylland Eriksen
The flip of the millennium is characterised via exponential development in every thing with regards to verbal exchange – from the web and e mail to air site visitors. Tyranny of the instant offers with essentially the most complicated paradoxes of this new details age. Who could have anticipated that it sounds as if time-saving expertise ends up in time being scarcer than ever? And has this doubtless unlimited entry to info resulted in confusion instead of enlightenment? Eriksen argues that sluggish time – deepest classes the place we can imagine and correspond with no interruption – is now probably the most worthy assets now we have. seeing that we're theoretically 'online' 24 hours an afternoon, we needs to struggle for definitely the right to be unavailable – the correct to stay and imagine extra slowly. it's not in basic terms 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 web, wap phones, multi- channel tv and electronic mail, Eriksen examines this non-linear and fragmented means 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 previous, and as a result of its destiny, is successfully static. even supposing suggestions are recommended, he demonstrates that there's no effortless approach out.
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The clock actually records temporal cycles lasting for 12 or 24 hours. As the readers will recall, the tired joke about defective clocks notes that they are not entirely worthless: they are correct twice a day. Calendars with numbered years and days, on the contrary, point forward, but most of the traditional calendars we know – from Thailand to Central America – have referred to cyclical ritual epochs, not to historical change. It is the clock plus printing plus science and engineering plus industrial production plus capitalism that constitutes the cultural package which creates the faith in progress.
This is important, for the tyranny of the moment is the end-product of a long historical process that began when an unknown Sumerian genius discovered that a physical symbol could represent a spoken word. He or she liberated language from the speaker. 34 Tyranny of the Moment AFTER SPEECH AND VISUAL ART, WRITING MARKED A MAJOR WATERSHED IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Writing ranks high on anybody’s list of the most important inventions in cultural history. Naturally, our kind of society would have been unthinkable without this technology.
Known texts and fragments from the first period of the ancient Greek civilisation have clear traces of having been created in an intermediate period. Like the Mesopotamian epic Gilgamesh and the oldest books in the Bible, Homer’s epics, for example, have elements of orality. They are based on stories that had been narrated for generations before being written down. With classical philosophy, from the sixth century BC onwards, it is different. In philosophers like Thales, Parmenides and Heraclitus, writing comes into its own for the first time as a transformer of thought.
Tyranny of the Moment: Fast and Slow Time in the Information Age by Thomas Hylland Eriksen