Monday, February 25, 2008
The Future in Cybertime
I agree with J. David Bolter when he says that the computer is an extension. Chapter 22, written by Lance Strate is a great topic, becuase although it is so much apart of everyday life, it is easily overlooked. The concept of time and clocks is not very complicated, when someone wants to the know the time they either look at their watch or any other digital device that is handy. The clock was bound to be invented sooner or later simply because it's much easier than using a sundial. When clocks began to make their way into society, they were very expensive just as early computers were. As clocks became popular, men and women would live by them. In urban life they were so essential, because people would eat, work, and sleep by the clock. Today a clocks purpose has become basically obsolete mainly because phones and computers can display what time it is as well as having many other functions. Cybertime introduces us to a new type of telling time. Cybertime is absolute time, ditgital time, and quicktime. The computer has contributed the processing of information at electric speed. While digital time is still being used, cybertime has become the best and most efficient way of taking down data, receiving information, and communicating with others world wide. While ordinary clocks are produced with identical series of minutes, hours, and seconds, cybertime works with nanoseconds, and this marks a turning point in the way human beings relate to time. Never before has time been organized at such a precise time, at a speed beyond the realm of conciousness.