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Tyranny of the Moment


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Mind the Gap!
2. Information Culture, Information Cult
3. The Time of the Book, the Clock and Money
4. Speed
5. Exponential Growth
6. Stacking
7. The Lego Brick Syndrome
8. The Pleasures of Slow Time

About the Author

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo. He is the author of numerous books on anthropological issues, including Ethnicity and Nationalism and Small Places Large Issues (both published by Pluto Press).


E-mail, cellular telephones, voicemail, the Internet, and other information technologies do not increase our efficiency, give us more flexibility, or liberate us from drudgery. Instead, argues Eriksen (social anthropology, Univ. of Oslo), they eat away at our increasingly precious time, leaving us to wade through useless and marginally useful information. Eriksen claims that our new electronic modes of communication are partly to blame for causing a host of contemporary social ills, including decreased job security, blurred boundaries between work and leisure, and the declining quality of family life. Eriksen's critiques feel a little too familiar, and one is left with the sense that it has all been said many times before. Still, this book is written in an engaging and humorous manner and is therefore suitable for public libraries. Andrew Brodie Smith, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

'I found myself both charmed and challenged. The subject is an important one, and Thomas Hylland Eriksen handles it with style, a light touch, and many amiable provocations' -- Todd Gitlin, Professor of Culture, Journalism and Sociology, New York University

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