The turn of the millennium is characterised by exponential growth in everything related to communication - from the internet and email to air traffic. Tyranny of the Moment deals with the most perplexing paradoxes of this new information age.
Who would have expected that apparently timesaving technology results in time being scarcer than ever? And has this seemingly limitless access to information led to confusion rather than enlightenment?
Eriksen argues that slow time - private periods where we are able to think and correspond without interruption - is now one of the most precious resources we have.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and former President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. He is the author of numerous classics of anthropology, including Small Places, Large Issues - 4th Edition (Pluto, 2015) and What is Anthropology? - 2nd Edition (Pluto, 2017).
Preface 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 Sources Index