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Times New Plural - The multiple temporalities of contemporary life and the infosphere

Mason, T. & Bawden, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-0478-6456 (2023). Times New Plural - The multiple temporalities of contemporary life and the infosphere. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 74(10), pp. 1159-1169. doi: 10.1002/asi.24812


Experiences of time and temporalities in contemporary life are analysed, with Floridi's conception of the infosphere as a central concept. The effects of instantaneous communication and digital information are shown to result not simply in the obvious acceleration of many aspects of life, but in multiple temporalities. The informational spaces of Floridi's hyperhistorical time form a new time-based society, with our informational activities expressed in linear, cyclic, re-cyclic, and iterative processes. Examples from the information sciences, particularly information seeking and 'slow information', are given, and an outline model for time literacy is presented.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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