‘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.

Author: Nirg Meziran
Country: Portugal
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Career
Published (Last): 1 August 2009
Pages: 93
PDF File Size: 12.25 Mb
ePub File Size: 18.93 Mb
ISBN: 168-7-98261-701-1
Downloads: 84147
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Minris

Those who pause for thought are overtaken by those prepared to act immediately. The density of time increases. We would not even have been the same people. Does this mean that the problems raised by acceleration are older than we seem to think? In Britain, about 35 per cent have access to the Net inthe figure was 2 per centwhile both Slovenes 25 per cent and Estonians 22 per cent are actually more online than the French 15 per cent.

I am also, by virtue of living in the information age, pickled in information. The relationship between time reiksen space has undergone dramatic transformations in the IS —. My son, who is 3, thus often insists that it is Sunday and time for TV cartoons and a day of anarchic mayhem at home with his little sister, even if the calendar indicates that it is Tuesday yyranny time for kindergarten.

This slogan is still valid, but there has been a major shift in that information is no longer momenf. In the acceleration of the twenty-first century, information technology is simultaneously catalyst, source of coveted goods and economic powerhouse. The gaps are being filled.

Literate societies, on the other hand, are strongly centralised, and tend to have a professional administration where office is in principle accorded following a formal set of rules. Time dominates place, everyone is close by in an instant.

The time of the book, the clock and money This chapter shows the continuities between the information age and earlier periods in Western history; and reveals the importance of information technology for thought and social life. The wholesale movement from a concrete to eriksem abstract framework in modern life paved the way for the Information Society.

Trivia About Tyranny of the Mo The key component of compressed time is that all of the gaps are filled. The third major event was the emergence and rapid growth of the Internet, which changes knowledge through linking chunks of it together differently and leads to constant updating, which heralded the move to an informational society, which is a society in which IT is integral to all production, as it is in many other spheres of social life.


The WWW represents something qualitatively new. Facing the enormity of an ocean tgranny information, driksen does not learn to swim. Tyrajny fifth chapter calls attention to a particular kind of mathematical function, namely exponential growth. My rela- tionship to new information technology is in principle active and enthusiastic, and I regard the information age as a worthy successor to the industrial age. Grotius is widely known for his con- tributions to political philosophy, but he is also sometimes mentioned as the first modern European to defend a moral principle completely divorced from religion: Serial Monogamy is a good example of standing still at great speed — the same debates in relationships had over and over again.

But he is a typical victim of information overload. It was also in this era that time and money were tightly coupled; punctuality had been a virtue at least since the time of Erasmus, but the notion that time saved is money tjranny became a guiding principle in production only when industry replaced tradi- tional crafts on a tryanny scale.

As long as there is agreement over the economic value of the coloured bits of paper, I need not know either my debtors or my creditors. As people began to return home from work on that fateful Thursday, the leading anti-virus companies had already developed remedies which were freely available momen the web. 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: The free availability of ideas simultaneously implies that many of them compete for the free spaces in our heads, leading to confusion and uncertain identities — identity has become disembedded from tradition, or major, continuous narrative.

It would, I suspect, have been tidier and less complex. They would receive a cable on tyanny same day that their ailing uncle finally expired. Last but not least, the new era is characterised by a continuous, dizzying and tiring flow of information which is just as rich in pos- sibilities as it is poor in internal cohesiveness.

Join Kobo & start eReading today

In the old days, the answer to this kind of question was either a sound education Bildunga secure personal identity or distinct interests. Whenever one is on the sending side, the scarcest resource is the attention of others. Then came the first, cumbersome photographic technology, the daguerreotype, which certainly was unsuitable for depictions of children, animals and other moving targets, since the time of exposure could last as long as an hour.


Oct 12, Eetu Ahovalkamo added it. The contract sometimes takes a while to become operative.

My first encounter with the web took place in the spring semester ofwhen one of our computer engineers called on me to update my software. Tyranny of the Moment deals with some of the most perplexing paradoxes of this new information age. They sever culture from place, people from ready-made stories about who they are and what they can become, work from the working place, consumption from routine, education from standard templates, knowledge from established models about what counts as knowledge The circumstances continue to vary, but the common denominators link places together.

Second, notes freeze music, just as history freezes myths and clock time fixes the variable flow of time.

March 13, Imprint: Books did not become really cheap immediately. It was crucial for both mass education and the creation of civil society in European cities, and led to consequences Gutenberg could never have foreseen.

Tyranny of the Moment (A Summary/ Notes) ~ ReviseSociologyReviseSociology

Over the course of seven years in the s, the number of titles submitted per year more than doubled, from 48, in toin And has this seemingly limitless access to information led to confusion rather than enlightenment? His thesis here is simply and lucidly put: If anything, the book might even appeal to more people today than it did back inregarding the huge rise of cellular use, laptops and technological devices in general.

They work in sectors such as finance, web design, e-commerce, advertising and journalism, in sectors which have been radically transformed in the information age. The book reveals unintended consequences of technological change, in particular showing how the computer revolution and the massive growth in information, associated particularly with the s, encourage a restless, fleeting mode of being, and a superficial, hurried culture, which is inimical to fundamental values.

In other words, there is little or nothing new under the sun.