Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything
Faster The Acceleration of Just About Everything Author:James Gleick 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 devi... more »ces and time-saving strategies, the more rushed we feel.
In Faster, 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 don't completely understand it, and we're not altogether happy about it. Faster is a mirror held up to our times -- and a mordant reminder of why some things take time.« less
Where has your time gone? This book will explain just what's happening and why time is speeding up for all of us and not just because we're getting older. Technology has it's influence as well. Sorry, no tips for slowing down again as we all just have to get used to the faster pace of life.