It is said that the ontology of data resists slowness and also that the digital revolution promised a levelling of the playing field. Both theories are examined in this timely collection of chapters looking at time in the digital world. Since data has assumed such a paramount place in the modern neoliberal world, contemporary concepts of time have undergone radical transformation. By critically assessing the emerging initiatives of slowing down in the digital age, this book investigates the role of the digital in ultimately reinforcing neo-liberal temporalities. It shows that both "speed-up" and "slow down" imperatives often function as a form of biopolitical social control necessary to contemporary global capitalism. Problematic paradoxes emerge where a successful slow down and digital detox ultimately are only successful if the individual returns to the world as a more productive, labouring neoliberal subject. Is there another way? The chapters in this collection, broken up into three parts, ask that question.
Table of ContentsIntroductionAnne Kaun, Christine Lohmeier & Christian Pentzold: Making time for digital lives: Sketching the field and history of resisting dominant temporal regimesPart I: Making time for….DisconnectionChapter 1 Tim MarkhamSubjective Recognition in a Distracted World: The Affordances of Affective Habuts and Temporal Discontinuities Chapter 2 Ingrid Forsler & Carina GuyardScreen time and the young brain – a contemporary moral panic?Chapter 3 Magdalena Kania-LundholmThe waves that sweep away: older Internet non- and seldom-users’ experiences of new technologies and digitalizationChapter 4 Christian Schwarzenegger & Manuel MenkeWho are the New Men in Grey? Making sense of time, time-theft and temporal autonomy in the (non-)use of digital mediaPart II: Making time for… SynchronizationChapter 5 Martin HandMaking Time, Configuring Life: smartphone synchronization and temporal orchestrationIntroduction Chapter 6 Roxana Morosanu Firth, Sean Rintel & Abigail SellenEveryday time travel: Temporal mobility and multitemporality with smartphonesChapter 7 Hannah Ditchfield & Peter LuntRe-Configuring Synchronicity and Sequentiality in Online Interaction: Multicommuniciation on Facebook Messenger Part III: Making time for… CommodificationChapter 8 Alex BeattiMove slow and contemplate things: an app that drops users out from distracting aspects of the internetChapter 9 Mikolaj Dymek‘Life Hacking’ Everyday Temporality – Project Managing Digital Lives of TasksChapter 10 Carla Ganito & Catia FerreiraManaging the flow of time: Disconnection through apps
This thoughtful book explores how we actively construct, negotiate and transform digital timescapes. In particular, it highlights how practices of non-use, disconnection and resistance can be read as expressions of critical hope that enact versions of a concrete utopia. The book thus provides us with original and riveting material with which to challenge the cultural imperative of a fast-paced modernity.
Judy Wajcman, author of Pressed for Time and The Sociology of Speed