Monday, June 1, 2009

Understanding the Impetus to the Digital Age (Wide-Eyed Article)

On The Three Arm Despot

Did you know that one of the most tyrannical inventions in Western history isn’t but 150 years old? What am I talking about? That elusive little slice called “the minute” and its stepchild “the second.” Seriously, the minute and the second are highly modern inventions, things unknown throughout the vast majority of human history. In a word, modern folks have been more and more subject to the minute and the second, and have been more and more tightly scheduled and synchronized than most people who have lived on the planet. Anyone who wants to understand the impetus to the ultra-modern “digital age” might therefore begin by considering the invention of the “three-armed despot.”

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