‘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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Doing Business with Germans. And yet, many of us have an unpleasant feeling that something is about to go terribly wrong; that the world is not necessarily becoming a better, more just, humane and manageable place, or at least that events do not necessarily point in any particular direction.

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The railway reduced the hour journey from London to Bristol to 4 hours, but the telegraph soon reduced the time required to send urgent despatches almost to zero. 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. After the Second World War, the Polaroid camera was introduced, which automatically developed pictures in a minute; and, somewhat later, the first chains that promised to develop your film in an hour were established.

This is to do with time and technology, and the ways in which technology affects the way we live in time. We need to understand the move from an industrial to an informational society — a term which can be traced back to The Frankfurt School, MacLuhan and of course Toffler.

Technology, Management and Society. It also now becomes something which can be used to coordinate us — the basis of modern business. The agricultural revolution appeared one and a half seconds before midnight. This is why the Y2K problem became such a powerful myth during What matters is not whether any of this is new, what matters is the fact that our age is the information age. In information society, the scarcest resource for people on the supply side of the economy is neither iron ore nor sacks of grain, but the attention of others.


The Thranny and the Field. Global telecom- munications based on real time create a framework for human existence which differs radically from that of all earlier technologies. Thomas Hylland Eriksen born 6 February is professor of social anthropology at the Momen of Oslo. Of course, information has always been important, and, in a certain sense, every society is an information society. The Mythology of Work. For that reason, most of us send more e-letters than we used to send cellulose letters.

Money renders personal connections and trust redundant, as long as we agree on the value of the digit. You have to understand this by looking at the recent past… which is where we go back to in chapter erriksen.

Slow time Security Predictability belonging, stable, personal identity Coherence and understanding Cumulative, linear, organic growth Real experiences. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. It was printing erikeen with universal primary education and mass media like newspapers and magazines including books published in monthly instalments that truly pulled the minds of ordinary men and women into the new, abstract society.

Printing was a decisive factor for the emergence of new science, philosophy tye literature in early modern times. In the old days, when we were still using dead trees for most of our correspondence, there was an inbuilt inertia in the material base of the information technology that inhibited untimely pestering. It synchronises and standardises an enormous number of persons, all of them little cogs in a great machinery.


Although there were very, very few in the West who earnestly liked the Soviet system H. The same pattern can be observed in many apparently unrelated fields….

The picture suggests an almost unreal speed, a movement so quick that the human eye has difficulty perceiving it.

The features of printing that are most relevant here, are its con- tribution to the spectacular growth in information, and its standardising aspect. Royalty and commoners alike had to sit for ages in front of the painter. But information is epidemic and spreads across all fields.

We live in yyranny era when the cigarette has replaced the pipe, cornflakes have replaced porridge, e-mail is replacing paper-based correspondence, and the 2-minute newsreel is one of the hottest products in the media field. Most scholars eruksen presently more preoccupied with explorations of the particularities of single societies than with gross generalisations. Yet, something is about to go awry.

Why do most of us have less time to spare than before, contrary to what one might expect? My analysis stands by itself.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Four — Speed leads to a loss of precision… Today decisions have to be made almost immediately. This form of acceleration has several kinds of consequences, not to say side-effects.

Openness and pluralism are two ambiguous keywords describing the new era. Jul 13, Filip rated it it was ok Shelves: In the era of wireless communications, there is no longer a connection between duration and distance.