Posted by: governmentdistrust | November 9, 2015

Slaves to Time

“Life was, in the words of the French medievalist Jacques Le Goff, “dominated by agrarian rhythms, free of haste, careless of exactitude, unconcerned by productivity.” (1)  When the Monks took the first steps to measure time they unknowingly built the first link in the chain that binds us today. People in general have become obsessed with speed and saving time. The internet is too slow, the traffic light is too long, and the list goes on. We are always watching the hands of the clock, the clock that we invented. We are slaves to time, and the internet saves us countless hours, but according to Carr there is a price to pay.

According to Carr the price we pay for this Holy Grail of knowledge called the internet is our attention span. The internet is slowly turning into the Holy Grail of information, and people all over the world continue to feed it. “Research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes.” (2) To have a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips saves us time and is convienent, but is it worth the cost?

Can we go all day without looking at the time?

1.) “Jacques Le Goff, Time, Work, and Culture in the Middle Ages (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), 44.”Excerpt From: Nicholas Carr. “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.” iBooks.

1.) Excerpt From: Nicholas Carr. “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.” iBooks.

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