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‘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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When the moment dominates, everything must be interchangeable with everything else in the immediate NOW — even if some things only make sense with duration.

Eventually, they take off and begin to resemble vertical lines, which indicates — since the x axis represents time — that time approaches zero. This book is a few years old so he doesn’t talk about Facebook, Twitter or Wikipedia, that fount of unformation. Somashekaracharya rated it really liked it Sep 08, With the recent move of money into cyberspace, which entails that the same plastic card can be used for economic transactions nearly anywhere in the world, it becomes even more abstract.

When one began to copy out a manuscript, one ought to know where one was heading, irrespective of genre.

Eventually, this family of scripts was supplanted by alphabets — strictly speaking, the earliest were syllabaries, where a sign stood for a syllable; but eventually, scripts where a sign tyranny for a phoneme or sound became common. Before the era of print — Gutenberg lived from about to — literacy existed in many societies, but it was not particularly widespread.

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

Worse, more complex software means more chances of crashing. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Erikesn Burgess tyrwnny got a Macintosh, but hesitated to use it because he found it debasing to write on an instrument that greeted him with a smile and a welcome when he turned it on.

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Here is a good summary from Eriksen of his thoughts on the thhe from concrete to abstract: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa’. There are many academics who write about exponential growth, stacking and acceleration — Giddens and Beck are the figureheads but also Bordieu, and their theme seems to be that there is now a generalised tyranhy to get a coherent overview of everything in this fast moving world.

Start reading Tyranny of the Moment on your Kindle in under a minute. Those who take time and prefer complexity have less influence. Chapter Five — Exponential Growth Basically involves the doubling of a number over a certain time period — Growth is slow at first, and then there is a sudden leap upwards, leading to a qualitative shift in a very short time — for example when a village becomes a town.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Starting in lateit will be completed in It is no coincidence, however, that the term and concept of the information age had its major breakthrough in the s. Information culture, information cult.

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.

Only late in puberty did I realise that there were thousands upon thousands of children, spread thinly across the modern world, who had been in exactly the same situation as myself: A shared, abstract standard is assumed to be valid for all persons at all times.

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

About Thomas Hylland Eriksen. Still, this book is written in an engaging and humorous manner and is therefore suitable for public libraries. On Thursday evening, CNN online reported that the Scandinavian photo agency Scanpix had lost 4, images, in spite of impeccable security routines.

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Tyranny of the Moment: It has become easier for a lot of o to identify with Jean-Paul Sartre, about whom it has been said that he habitually wore moccasins to save the time he would otherwise have used tying his shoelaces.

This book is spectacular. Above all, it is universal in its field of applicability.

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

As I write, another decade has passed, and today it is easy to see that if one of our two complementary futures never delivered its goods, the other came with a vengeance: That there have been changes, and that these continue to make an impact, is obvious. It reduces the inherent resistance in the technology even more, making the production of texts a painless matter and thereby in its way con- tributing in no minor way to the information overload. Besides, they are two sides of the same coin.

All of Africa had slightly more Internet users than Norway and a population that was more than times largerbut if one subtracts relatively technologically advanced South Africa, there are less than half as many Internet users in the entire African continent than in one of the smallest European countries. The new conflicts that arise from information society can be depicted as a set of dichotomies, where the right-hand side dominates, while the left-hand side represents the counter-reactions.