Wk 10: Time & Space

Time and Space: Matthew Allen

The Internet is physical. It’s not a separate entity from the ‘real world’ but is instead entwined with how we relate to and interact with our sense of time and space. It is imagined as being the end of difficulties.

Coursework:

“Time and space, in this context, are not objective things but are socially-mediated, that is, how we experience time and space is something affected by the society we live in; the different social contexts we are in. The interaction between communication and transport technologies and society has shaped the way we measure and experience time and space; the way these things impact upon our day to day life.

The Internet, as part of a long line of media and communication technologies, has arguably contributed to a compression of time and space: distances seem less and things happen much faster, amongst other things.”

Kent, M. 2010. Module 2.4: Time and space Online Course Material, NET102 Course Package, Perth Australia, Curtin University of Technology. Retrieved from lms.curtin.edu.au

Discussion:

from dictionary.com

time

–noun

1.

the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another.
time. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved May 04, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/time

space

–noun

1.

the unlimited or incalculably great three-dimensional realm or expanse in which all material objects are located and all events occur.
space. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved May 04, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/space
According to the beginning sentences of our reading this week (http://csmt.uchicago.edu/glossary2004/timespace.htm ) time and space are defined as almost identical things. I certainly didn’t find this to be true.  I’m not even sure how you could say the core of their definition is the same thing. But once again, as with the twitter = SNS scenario, apparently Time = Space.
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