June 01, 2006

timezones and timescapes...

i just realized my email account had been set to central pacific, pacific ocean that is, time for who knows how long. it's funny how disconcerting that can be, especially on a grey day like today when looking out the window doesnt necessarily help much in trying to figure out the time. but it is kind of cool too. somehow, for a second at least, just seeing i could set my account to for example Rarotonga time makes that side of the world feel a bit more tangible, as if i had a kind of a connection to there. Appadurai talks about ethnoscapes, mediascapes, technoscapes, financescapes, and ideoscapes as alternatives to geographically constructed cultural spheres. It makes me wonder if we could talk about time in the same terms? Even though timezones technically are connected to particular geographical areas, our location doesnt have to stop us from abiding by another time zone. Stock brokers do this all the time, as do call centers in India. And I have to only think about the surreal experience of crossing the border from Kazakstan to Western China a few years back with the first country taking its lead from Moscow time and the latter Beijing. An enactment of Bourdieu's embodied symbolic power at its clearest.


Anonymous Antti said...

Just think of Estonia getting rid of the Soviet/Russian time as soon as it could... Or, the process of making the time in nation states instead of local times.

(Terveisiä Unioninkadulta! Ison veden takana pitelee kiireitä?)

6/05/2006 10:03 AM  
Blogger Elina said...


In many ways it very similar to other processes of standardization like those of language, but what I find so fascinating with time is how it operates on an almost non-discursive level, especially in the societies we live in. Almost everything we do is directed by the time set by our watches (though now for most people its actually more likely to be a cell phone).

Enpä minäkään tiennyt että kirjoitat blogia. Käykö että linkkaan sen omaani?
Tuli ihan ikävä sinne kun näin kuvan meidän Unioninkadun työhuoneesta sun blogissa.

Kiva kuulla susta! Terveisiä sinne myös muille!

6/05/2006 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Antti said...

Ilman muuta voit linkata - sen verran turhamainen tulee aina olla...

6/06/2006 2:15 AM  

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