‘The Tyranny of the Moment’ deals with some of the most perplexing Thomas Eriksen argues that slow time – private periods where we are able to think and. Tyranny of the Moment: Fast and Slow Time in the Information Age Thomas Eriksen argues that slow time – private periods where we are able to think and. Eriksen (Tyr) 01 chaps 20/6/01 pm Page 1 From Thomas Hylland Eriksen: “ Tyranny of the Moment: Fast and Slow Time in the Information Age. London.

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

The circumstances continue to vary, but mojent common denominators link places together. A test panel of year-olds had generally few problems in understanding the Mac texts, but could not penetrate the more complex language momeng the Oof users. Plastic buckets and cars may be two examples.

On the whole, people all over the world know more about each other than ever before, and the information on offer is changed daily. If Jim has two apples and gives one apple to Peter, he has one apple left. That hurried, fragmented kind of existence which leads to so many frus- trations and time traps nowadays is, to a certain extent, old news, satirically depicted by Hamsun, Kipling and others more than years ago; but the information society also adds some genuinely new features to the situation.

There is always more where it comes from.

As Eriksen says, “writing made it possible to develop knowledge in a cumulative way, in the sense that one had access to, and could draw directly on, what others had done. This was practical, since an important part of their sriksen consisted in coordination and lobbying outside office hours.


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He argues that classical music would not have been possible without musical notation. Although solutions are suggested, he demonstrates that there is no easy way out. The relationship between time and space has undergone dramatic transformations in the IS —.

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

One made lists or inventories of inhab- itants in order to be able to tax them and enlist them in the armysacks of grain, slaves and so on. Nonetheless, modernity was, in the latter half of the twentieth century, in a uniquely important position; it was hegemonic on the verge of becoming universal.

Also it means more choice, and more time spent negotiating these choices, and hence less efficiency. Everything seems to move faster and faster. The last entry is anyway.

Nowadays, we are expected to respond within hours, and, not infrequently, the same message is sent twice, perhaps with an interval of a day or less. Ideology in the s has largely been unself-conscious, the sound of one hand clapping.

In the acceleration of the twenty-first century, information technology is simultaneously catalyst, source of coveted goods and economic powerhouse.

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

Since there is no vacant time to spread information in, it gets compressed and tyranjy in time spans which become shorter and shorter. When one began to copy out a manuscript, one ought to know where one was heading, irrespective of genre.

My parents etiksen middle-class, and for reasons already mentioned, I grew up in a home with a rather good-sized library. Furthermore, family life in general is by nature slow and fits the current era badly — frequent changes of life partners are clear indications of the spread of the tyranny of the moment into the intimate sphere.


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Exponential growth This chapter demonstrates that exponential growth is a main characteristic of the information age. The book is about information society and the strange social and cultural side-effects it has entailed, many of which are only obliquely related to computerisation.

When an exponential growth curve becomes vertical, time has ceased to exist as duration. Its main purpose was to make it easier for blind and visually impaired people to write. Leisure-Time becomes a stressful rush to get more things done… Staffan Linder talks of The contradictions of Capitalism — a healthy growth rate requires us to produce more efficiently and consume at a faster rate. Open Preview See a Problem? The most successful company in the world during the s, namely Microsoft, makes its profits off products that can be transported electronically in packages with a weight of less than 1 gram.

And thus the producers of info change the info to fit in with this — Movies are more action packed and commercials shorter for example. US Budweiser looks like urine and tastes of carbonic acid with a tinge of bitterness added. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Finally, these changes result in increased uncertainty, tranny least because the present is opaque but also because the demands of this moment are terrorised by the next. Apr 25, Jazeps rated it really liked it. But something important is still missing, and that is the relationship between technology, society and culture.