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Precarious TimesTemporality and History in Modern German Culture$
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Anne Fuchs

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501735103

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501735103.001.0001

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Theoretical Perspectives

Theoretical Perspectives

Temporal Anxieties in the Digital Age

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Precarious Times

Anne Fuchs

Cornell University Press

This chapter analyzes the key terms in the debate on time. Many contributors to the debate on time in the digital era have diagnosed a paradigm shift toward a timeless present that has swallowed up the past. Indeed, network society displaces the sequential order of lived experience by way of a “real virtuality” that immerses people into a world of instantaneity. The chapter then engages with the temporal anxiety that people can no longer narrate history and their own lives as coherent stories. The ongoing debate on time and temporality revolves around a range of interconnected diagnostic tropes that aim to illuminate a fundamental recalibration of the conditions of temporality in the network era: acceleration, resonance, atomization, immediacy, the extended present, time–space compression, network time, and precarious times.

Keywords:   time, digital era, timeless present, lived experience, real virtuality, temporality, atomization, time–space compression, network time, extended present

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