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11/03/2011

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Jean Russell

wow, Steve. Amazing post. love the move from handwriting to typewriting to computer writing as you moved through it. Grateful. And very interested in your thoughts on time... Can you say more about that?

steve

Thanks Jean! This post took a bit longer than the standard 30 to an hour.

I've been thinking about time and how we have dealt with it historically for a long time now and have a few thoughts. I'll put together a series of posts on that at a later date. The Industrial Revolution and the transportation revolution that came with it and the first telecommunications revolution changed our notion of what time is and we mostly locked into it by about 1900. I think the notion of tightly synchronized and scheduled time is a bit archaic for much of what we do, but we are still bound to it. Over the next few decades I suspect we'll see some major breaks with this old notion and we will begin to see time and our relationship with it in an entirely new way.

Chris Douglas

Delightful reflections. As Jean was, I'm especially intrigued by the speculations about our perceptions of time. There's the move from synchronous to asynchronous communication that may restructure our practices of synchronized and scheduled time. And another factor comes to mind that will probably play a smaller but perhaps meaningful roll: thanks to digitally lubricated communication tools, every day I work with people across nine time zones. Will this kind of behavior lead to a (further) breakdown in the hegemony of the scheduled workday, and perhaps even the way in which "work" and "life" are carefully separated by the clock?

ailsa

love the post with the visual imagery making it so much more evocative.
Xplic8s beautifully well :)

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