‘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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Furthermore, the examples will indicate that there are indeed aspects of this particular phase in modernity — the post-Cold War period, the information age momebt which are unique.

Television, telephones and Internet connectivity are becoming rapidly more widespread everywhere see Figure 2. There are eight consequences of acceleration which are unique to post-modernity:. There are no erikse topics on this book yet. This is also the case in Germany, and in Japan, Toyota remains a more important corner- stone for the economy than Sony.

Can the internet can our culture and world view? We also speed up….

His fields of research include identity, nationalism, globalisation and identity politics. Three — Speed creates assembly line effects….

Don’t have a Kindle? Today, there are diminishing returns of media participation following information explosion… Basically the more channels, the less valuable a media appearance. Green- houses, milking machines and feeding machines for pigs are run by microprocessors.

Both longevity and literacy rates rose dramatically in most countries during the twentieth century, the current setbacks in Africa notwithstanding. Only those aspects of music that can be depicted in writing are transmit- ted. In erikwen, the identity discourses and ethnic conflicts in Yugoslavia are comparable to the uncertainties and shifting of identities presently characteristic of the USA and Western Europe, as well as tensions between purism or fundamentalism and mixing or hybridity among minorities.

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.


So when one had put the envelope in the mailbox, one could return to work, sit down quietly and continue doing whatever one was doing for quite a while. It should be clear by now that writing has been an essential tool in eiksen transition ryranny what we could call a concrete society based on intimate, personal relationships, memory, local religion and orally transmitted myths, to an abstract society based on formal legislation, archives, erikeen book religion and written history.

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Trivia About Tyranny of the Mo This would not be a problem now; if anything, the problem consists in choosing between pizzas, Chinese, Indian and other cuisines available for home delivery via phone or the Internet. Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality. What we now seem to run out of, is lack of information.

Probably at least 25 per cent longer. This really represented something new. Over and over in history, positive advancements have led to unintended and undesirable consequences.

The extreme availability of information has not led to a more enlightened population, but to more confusion. A lot can be said — and is being said — about this relation- ship; for now, we must restrict ourselves to stating that it is complex.

Erikssn addition to all of the above, possible because all of the above, a key feature of modernity was faith in progress — that things were getting better — however, now we are living in a postmodern age. How these views can be reconciled with a fun- damental critique of a prevalent pattern in our age, I shall have to indicate in the course of the book, chiefly in the final chapter. The skill we really need to tyrranny is to learn to filter out the 0.

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

But then I painted myself into a corner, left Chapter 2 as a troll with three heads but no tail, and embarked on the middle section of Chapter 5 instead. It challenged the natural boundaries of human perception, it was said. I do believe that there is a new world emerging in this end of millennium. Printing had only only just cleared the table after the cel- ebrations of its th anniversary when it was seriously challenged by electronic text, and the radio was only allowed its dominant position for a few decades before television turned it into a supplier of niche products.


Acceleration is at the heart of the last years of cultural history — Writing lasted years, the printing presswhile radio only had a few decades of dominance before the TV. As is well known, pornog- raphy of all kinds exists in large amounts there; if one looks, one will also find political propaganda and hate speech of every kind, exhor- tations to break the law, eccentric utterances and — naturally — terabytes of advertising. The gaps are being filled. Bank branches have been closed down or re-designed with a view to keeping customers out; the personal cheque is becoming an obsolete means of payment, and Internet banking is rocketing upwards.

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.

A brilliant counter argument by an Anthropologist that dishes all the values that technology companies promise to the mankind. Short-term stays in jobs are much more common than they used to be and contract work has increased enormously. 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. As the next chapter will show, a world without the clock, printing and money would have been an entirely different world from the one we live in; and the current revolutions in electronic communications are ultimately of the same order as these watersheds.

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