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Digital Presentation of Space and Time in the Process of Globalisation


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Research so far has confirmed that digital technology is a key
factor in the increased exchange of information in economy,
which is able to operate in real time on a planetary level
(Castells, 1996, 2000), i.e. in globalisation. This paper deals with
a comparative analysis of presentational and communicational
possibilities of digital technology (space and time conventions)
with conventional social conceptions of the space-time
phenomenon. If space and time are taken as essential
parameters of perception of an experience, then the analyses of
compression of space and time (Mittelman, 1996) and their
separation (Giddens, 1990), with the help of digital technology,
are possible only by research of presentational and
communicational properties of this technology. The analysis
wants to show that negative sides of the use of technology can be
overcome by revealing the dialectic relationship between the real
and virtual in a conscious contrast of feelings of being and acting
in space "here" and "now", the desire and efforts to master space
and time more quickly. Paul Virilio (1999) describes these
negative sides: "This is what teletechnologies of real time are
doing: they are killing 'present' time by separating it from its here
and now at the expense of some place else, which is not a place
of our 'particular' presence in the world, but of the concealed
'telepresence' whose mysteriousness remains absolute."


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