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The technicity of time : from 1.00 oscillations/sec to 9,192,631,770 Hz.

Mackenzie, Adrian (2001) The technicity of time : from 1.00 oscillations/sec to 9,192,631,770 Hz. Time and Society, 10 (2). pp. 235-258. ISSN 0961-463X

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Abstract

In modern social and critical theory, clocks have figured as the embodiment of social order or, more ominously, as an exemplar of the threat posed to living thought by technology. As an alternative to such a bipolar evaluation, this paper examines the technicity of clocktime. The concept of technicity was suggested by the French philosopher, Gilbert Simondon. It is way of understanding the mode of existence of technical objects ontogenetically, that is, in terms of how they come to be rather than what they are. This paper introduces an ontogenetic account of clocktime as a new capacity to articulate diverse geographical, economic, technical and political realities together. It explains the convoluted precision of contemporary clocktime ensembles as just such an articulation. It discusses an ineliminable residue of metastability in the increasing precision of clocktime.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Time and Society
Uncontrolled Keywords: GPS • pendulum clock • Simondon • time
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 13413
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 18 Sep 2008 09:57
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:11
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13413

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