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There's only one poor thing about James Gleick's Faster.. reading it you are constantly aware that you really do live at a much faster rate than you used always, a detailed look at life from a various perspective. Enjoyed learning about the effects and reasons we feel that things are speeding up.
Believe it or not, this book came to my house faster than any other one. I live in Chile and it took just five days to arrive: normally it takes more.I'm not kidding. I read it in a week and it's still with me, I mean, the ideas and associations that James Gleick does between time and whatever facts of life. Since I read "Faster" I'm always thinking on that curious idea of doing anything faster or in the shortest method possible. But then, what do I get. After all, I said to myself, you did something (whatever) in fifteen mins less, so what. What those fifteen mins mean. What do you do now in order to fill up that surplus. The time you victory is here, waiting to be used, but the question remains: this book isn't just a matter of time. That's why it begins with a chapter named "Pacemaker" and finish, just before "The end," with another named "Bored." In between you have thirty five subjects or approachings to this crazy idea of going faster not matter why. In this vein, the author takes his time to attack the topic of living faster from various directions: the epoch, the technology, the globalization, the nets, the links, the nodes. And the put where you live: "All humanity has not sucbed equally, of course. If you create haste, you probably create it in the technology-driven Western world, probably in the United States, probably in a huge city... Sociologists in sevarel countries have found that increasing wealth and increasing education bring a sense of tension about time... What is real is that we are awash in things, in information, in news... and --strange perhaps-- items means speed."Time -the author tells us-- is not what you have, is that what you live in. A flux that has been segmented in hours, mins and seconds in our clocks. Do you wear a watch? If you do, then you have been defeated by the matrix of the alloted time. But if you don't, if you live in a forest, far from the madding crowd, what did you get? Time? More time?Perhaps, the solution to this conundrum is the tip that Anne Morrow Lindbergh gave us in her Gift from the Sea : time is not an problem about quantity but of quality. At any rate, we search in Gleick's book several recipes for dealing with this "something" that is always filtering out from our present, fading away, leaking out. One of such recipes is the multitasking perspective. "No segment of time," says Gleick, "can really be a zero-sum game." You can "drive, eat, listen to a book, and talk on the phone, all at once, if you dare." Maybe is true. All of us have test that sometime. But the issue er doesn't mean better or more. As a quote by Lao Tse I found in a Don de Lillo's novel ( White Noise ): "There is no difference between the fast and the dead. Both are a special channell of vitality." James Gleick's book is a comprehensive and very disturbing work about our method of living that doesn't offer a method out, just the insight of a highly clever it deserves your time to read it.Highly recommended.
Some neat facts throughout, but I kept finding myself thinking so what? The author certainly did a lot of research, but it didn't amount to anything beyond sort of stating the obvious. I wonder, too, if popularity of shows like Madmen and Downton Abbey prove that people do wish to slow down.
I think there is the nucleus of a really amazing book here, but the author didn't quite bring it off. There is lots of interesting trivia about the history of time, time-keeping and the use of time. What is missing is an explicit satisfaction of what I think is the author's intended thesis - That all this speeding up has not really gained any ground in our lives.
Our modern (western) lives seem to run in a frantic pace. We seem to be obsessed by "saving" time, but just what is "saving" time? Doing tasks more quickly and leaving more free, idle, time, or rather filling up all your idle time with tasks? Does saving time mean fitting more tasks into your schedule, or having to complete less tasks?Gleick's "Faster" is all about Time in modern society. About how we spend it (did you know that the average American spends on avarage as much time on government beaurocracy as he or she does on having ?), about how we test to save it (did you know that a dishwasher only saves you one min everyday on average?), and how our perception of time has changed over the years; one striking example of that latest point is how two centuries ago 2000 men were killed in battle, 2 weeks after a peace treaty had been signed, because the info didn't cross the Atlantic quickly enough. It's hard to imagine this today, with CNN and Al-Jazeera broadcasting battles live, and most of us living on a single, coordinated, clock. 200 years ago, if Einstein had invented his Unique Theory of Relativity, he would have found it easier than now to explain to people about how two happenings can influence one another only if info can reach quick enough from one happening to the other...In the a lot of short chapters of this book, Glieck gives numerous examples (some interesting and amusing, but a minority are not very interesting) on what we do to "save time" and increase pace in airline schedules, TV commercials, elevators, household chores, and shows how some of these bring greater efficiency, while others simply cause an arms race of increasing pace of life, from which nobody really benefits.
With an interesting blend of history, philosophy, complaints, and insight, James Gleick ruminates on our "Faster" world. His timelines of progress in measuring how we live our lives are enlightening and you cannot come away from this book without having a much better take on who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.If one accepts Gleick at face value, one might see this as a powerful critique of modern civilization, but if you read between the lines, you see that technological progress has always speeded up time, and today we are all better off for it. Perhaps why we feel we have so much to do is that there is so much more available to be done than at any other time in history. Is that bad? Ask all the beneficiaries of modern technology if they'd rather have done it the method our forbearers did? Few would prefer to revert back to an earlier time of outhouses, the horse & buggy, and the ice box. Who would wish to remove Medivac, the fire engine, antibiotics, etc., all which have "speeded up" our world?The best method to digest Gleick's musings is to realize that speed is ever-present, and instead of raging versus the machine, we should adapt and move forward. As he brilliantly doents, the need to speed up (via artificial means - Alice in Wonderland's , or other methods - HG Wells, Sherlock Holmes, etc., down through the show culture) has always been a part of man's desire. Now that we've done it through technology simply validates earlier longings and makes it more readily available to , it comes down to how to deal with our faster reality. Gleick's calling the problem to the fore in this best selling book is certainly one of the best ways for it to be acknowledged, brought up for discussion, and eventually dealt with, as we content with its far-reaching effects. If that occurs rapidly, then Gleick will have done his part in helping us deal with our Faster, and better, world.