Tyranny of the moment: fast and slow time in the information age

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Pluto Press, 2001 - Computers - 180 pages
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The turn of the millennium is characterized by exponential growth in everything related to communication from the internet and email to air traffic. Tyranny of the Moment deals with some of the most perplexing paradoxes of this new information age. Who would have expected that apparently time-saving technology results in time being scarcer than ever? And has this seemingly limitless access to information led to confusion rather than enlightenment? Eriksen argues that slow time private periods where we are able to think and correspond without interruption is now one of the most precious resources we have. Since we are theoretically 'online' 24 hours a day, we must fight for the right to be unavailable the right to live and think more slowly. It is not only that working hours have become longer Eriksen also shows how the logic of this new information technology has permeated every area of our lives. Exploring phenomena such as the internet, wap telephones, multi- channel television and email, Eriksen examines this non-linear and fragmented way of communicating to reveal how it affects working conditions in the economy, changes in family life and, ultimately, personal identity. Eriksen argues that a culture lacking a sense of its past, and therefore of its future, is effectively static. Although solutions are suggested, he demonstrates that there is no easy way out.

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Review: Tyranny of the Moment: Fast and Slow Time in the Information Age

User Review  - Madara - Goodreads

Although the communication devices rapidly changed since 2000, book is still easy understandable for those who are born in "digital era".Author gives many samples, concept of time as something ... Read full review

Review: Tyranny of the Moment: Fast and Slow Time in the Information Age

User Review  - Filip - Goodreads

Eriksen's book may have quite big impact when it was published, but unfortunately doesn't have much to say in 2013. I don't mean by that that the topic wouldn't be relevant today. Quite the contrary ... Read full review

Contents

Mind the Gap
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Information Culture Information Cult
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List of Figures
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Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo. He is the author of numerous books on anthropological issues, including Ethnicity and Nationalism and Small Places Large Issues (both published by Pluto Press). Tyranny of the Moment topped the Norwegian best-seller list for several weeks.

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