By Thomas Hylland Eriksen
The flip of the millennium is characterised through exponential development in every little thing on the topic of verbal exchange – from the net and electronic mail to air site visitors. Tyranny of the instant bargains with the most complicated paradoxes of this new details age. Who might have anticipated that it seems that time-saving know-how ends up in time being scarcer than ever? And has this possible unlimited entry to info resulted in confusion instead of enlightenment? Eriksen argues that sluggish time – inner most sessions the place we will imagine and correspond with no interruption – is now essentially the most priceless assets now we have. because we're theoretically 'online' 24 hours an afternoon, we needs to struggle for the appropriate to be unavailable – definitely the right to reside and imagine extra slowly. it's not basically that operating hours became longer – Eriksen additionally indicates how the common sense of this new details expertise has permeated each quarter of our lives. Exploring phenomena akin to the web, wap phones, multi- channel tv and e mail, Eriksen examines this non-linear and fragmented manner of speaking to bare the way it impacts operating stipulations within the financial system, alterations in kinfolk existence and, eventually, own identification. Eriksen argues tradition missing a feeling of its previous, and for that reason of its destiny, is successfully static. even if recommendations are advised, he demonstrates that there's no effortless manner out.
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Tyranny of the Moment: Fast and Slow Time in the Information Age by Thomas Hylland Eriksen