Thinking about Time and Popular Culture

Our contemporary conception of time is quite recent to the human experience.  It has enormous implications of course in shaping popular culture.  This is the podcast mentioned in class which explores this issue:

“This hour of Radiolab, we try our hand at unlocking the mysteries of time.

Jorge Luis Borges wrote, “Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.” And it’s still as close a definition as we have. We stretch and bend time, wrestle with its subjective nature, and wrap our minds around strategies to standardize it…stopping along the way at a 19th-century railroad station in Ohio, a track meet, and a Beethoven concert.”

http://www.radiolab.org/2007/may/29/

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