Media, Information and Technoculture 2500A/B Lecture 5: Spectacle

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Media, Information and Technoculture
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Media, Information and Technoculture 2500A/B
Warren Steele

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Spectacle Whoever sets the time controls the society o Clock is the key machine remains today in postproduction Live life in relation to machines o Ubiquitous Watch not as powerful as the clock Clock power = capacity to ensure the flow of everything through standardization o How we move through time on a basic level Ex. Industrial time based on time o Seamless production Transformative effect The clock is a machine that produces nothing, but it produces A MINDSET o Used to be linked to natural events = sun, waves Time is eternal Chief motive = economic o Saving time, maximization, productivity Mental abstraction Replaced with temporality, a mathematic world Seasonal shorter days, uneven duration o Not as mechanical as it seems The clock helped integrate the world spatially, creating the grid necessary for global transportation and communication When you think of time as nonsequential, but as abstract units aspects of counting o Ex. Ear when hungry not when time to eat o Sleep = sanctioned not based on tiredness o Pervasive effects 247 mentality o smartphones allow us to do this sold to make what we do faster, but ultimately makes us want to do more we can never do enough because we have the means to work all the time we can work for a longer period o ones time is not actually our time o our bodies are not designed for this 247 function prevailing modes of nihilism 247 is a static redundancy that disavows its relation to the rhythmic and periodic textures of human life. o Connotes an arbitrary uninflected schema of a week, extracted from any unfolding of variegated of cumulative experience 24365 is not that same because it introduces the suggestion of an extended temporality in which something might actually change, in which unforeseen events might happen
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