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Time Space Compression

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Time space compression


CLASS 6 - Time-Space compression and the postmodern condition

Text: The Condition of Postmodernity

Author: David Harvey



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What happened to time and space throughout history?

What happens to time-space perception in Postmodernity?

The changes in the production of time and space from the medieval period through the Enlightenment.

For medievals under feudalism, space was sensuous and direct, and individual locations were situated in an unknown, "weakly grasped" (“fracamente compreendida”); cosmology; medieval maps emphasize the sensory qualities of space rather than the rational and objective qualities. All in the feudal fiefdom; God is looking down upon the scene; A castle in the center; The world is limited and with dragons setting the boundaries

The Renaissance instituted a number of changes that affected the production of space -artistic perspectivism; from God to the individual; mathematical developments; rationalized, "objective" and "functional"; Newtonian optics. Rationalization and abstractification of time also occurred during this period due to the increased availability of mechanical timekeeping devices. These changes in the production of time and space opened up theoretical possibilities for the domination of space (via rationally planned social theories) and time (via an increased temporal sense regarding the possibilities of the future), especially for the nascent bourgeoisie. Because space and time encode and provide for the reproduction of social relations, changes in their representation imply changes in the sociopolitical order as well. It is on this basis that modernist critiques of space and time become relevant.

Enlightenment space and time:

* Modernity: no more fantasy or religion

* Maps are abstract, mathematical, and strictly functional

* Mechanical Newtonian space and time

* Democracy and exploration: the world is uniform and can be divided, but also profitable

The cultural phenomenon "postmodernity" is a response to the round of time-space compression associated with the transition from Fordist capitalism to the regime of flexible accumulation. Postmodern compression of time is associated with an acceleration in the turnover of capital (via credit, electronic and plastic money, etc.) and an acceleration in consumption. The turnover of capital has largely been accelerated by increased volatility of fashion (in the broad sense of the word) and increased production of disposable products. The increase in disposability also affects basic social relationships (producing a "throwaway society"). The increase in volatility produces a business climate in which long-range planning is increasingly difficult; methods of capitalist response


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