On Temporal Order

A common sense interpretation of what technical infrastructures – for example media technologies like the system of printed books or TV or the Internet – do to our everyday lives, to institutions, organizations and society as a whole is that they condense temporal and spatial reachability. Once you write your thoughts down and publish a book, your readers can pick up our ideas or disagree with tem years, even decades later. Once you can use the phone you can speak with your loved and not so loved ones, no matter where they are on the globe. Infrastructures are time and space packing machines. 

But that seem to be an invalid claim, or at least, a totally imprecise one. 

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About Nicholas

Associate Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology Studies at Penn State, Nicholas mainly writes about understanding the scientific study of states and, thus, it is namely about state theory. Given his training in sociology and STS, he takes a decidedly STS-oriented approach to state theory and issues of governance.

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