Digital Journal

Wajcman (2008). Life in the fast lane? Towards a sociology of technology and time.

“The first and most measurable form of acceleration is the speeding up of transport, communication and production that can be defined as technological acceleration. The second is the acceleration of social change, meaning that the rate of societal change is itself accelerating. The central idea here is that institutional stability (in the realms of the family and occupations, for example) is generally on the decline in late-modern societies.” (p 62)

McLuhan (2003). Living at the Speed of Light (1974).


“… the problems of living in an acoustic world which is, in effect, a world of simultaneous information. The visual world has very peculiar properties, and the acoustic world has quite different properties. … The acoustic world, which is the electric world of simultaneity, has no continuity, no homogeneity, no connections, and no stasis.” (p 226)

Whiteford & Barns (2002). Te Ao Hurihuri.

“Maori position themselves in time and space by locating their ancestors in time (by event) and relating themselves to that ancestor. … To present one’s identity in Maori society is first to establish a relationship between oneself and one’s ancestors (time), and second, to locate that ancestor geographically in the landscape (space). Time and space, then, are fundamental components of Maori identity.” (p 214)