Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything

Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything by James Gleick 0679408371 9780679408376
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Synchronize your watches. We have reached the epoch of the nanosecond. This is the heyday of speed. If one quality defines our modern, technocratic age, it is acceleration. We are making haste. Our computers, our movies, our sex lives, our prayers -- they all run faster now than ever before. And the more we fill our lives with time-saving devices and time-saving strategies, the more rushed we feel. InFaster, James Gleick explores nothing less than the human condition at the turn of the millennium. He shines a light of enterprising and analytical reporting -- as well as sly wit -- on the newest paradoxes of time. His journey takes us through the bunkers and trenches of a war we barely knew we were fighting: to the atomic clocks of the Directorate of Time, to the waiting rooms that focus our impatience, to the film production studios that test the high-speed limits of our perception, to the air-traffic command centers that give time pressure new meaning. We have become a quick-reflexed, multitasking, channel-flipping, fast-forwarding species. We dont completely understand it, and were not altogether happy about it.Fasteris a mirror held up to our times -- and a mordant reminder of why some things take time.

Author: James Gleick

Language: English

Edition: 1ST

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: Pantheon

Publication Date: 1999-08-17


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