Temporal utopianism and global information networks

White, Andrew (2012) Temporal utopianism and global information networks. Fibreculture Journal (20). pp. 158-175. ISSN 1449-1443

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Abstract

In the late nineteenth century western circumnavigation of the globe and ever more accurate cartography shifted the utopian genre from the spatial to the temporal – humans’ mastery of place and space developed in contradistinction to their inability to control time, a phenomena that has become seemingly more pronounced in our modern networked societies. But does this increasing temporal instability contain utopian possibilities as well as dystopian threat? This paper engages with ideas in contemporary sociology on the nature of time to identify its potential for utopian thinking and asks whether this can be realised through global information networks.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/708826
Additional Information: Article 145.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of International Communications
Depositing User: CHEN, Jiaorong
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 10:25
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 16:31
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50893

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