Digital Timescapes: Technology, Temporality and Society // Rob Kitchin
2023, Polity, 232 pages
#temporality #acceleration #digitalization
Digital technologies are having a profound effect on the temporalities of individuals, households and organisations. We now expect to be able to instantly source a vast array of information at any time and from anywhere, as well as buy goods with the click of a button and have them delivered within hours, while time management apps and locative media have altered how everyday scheduling and mobility unfolds.
Digital Timescapes makes the case that we have transitioned to an era where the production and experience of time is qualitatively different to the pre-digital era. Rob Kitchin provides a synoptic account of this transition, charting how digital technologies, in a wide range of manifestations, are reconfiguring everyday temporalities. Attention is focused on the temporalities associated with six sets of everyday practices: history and memory; politics and policy; governance and governmentality; mobility and logistics; planning and development; and work and labour. Critically, how to challenge and reorder digitally mediated temporal power is examined through the development of an ethics of temporal care and temporal justice.
Conceptually and empirically rich, Digital Timescapes is an essential guide to our new temporal regime. It will be of interest to students and scholars of Media Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Human Geography, and History and Memory Studies, as well as those who are interested in how digital technologies are transforming society.
"A book rich with insights on the inexorable relationship between time, technology and power. Kitchin maps the unevenness of time in digital culture while he also reveals the inequitable unevenness, and a possible way out, of the types of time that continue to dominate the study of time."
—Sarah Sharma, University of Toronto
"A much-needed book that updates and rethinks the time-technology nexus. Rob Kitchin provides an eloquent and accessible theory of time from the perspective of human geography. It was about time; we have been waiting far too long."
—Anne Kaun, Professor in Media and Communication Studies, Department for Media and Communication Studies, School of Culture and Education
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