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Unformatted text preview: Rhetoric Study Guide test 3 B. Time (Chomemics) (Lightman: Einstein’s Dreams) 1. Views of time a. American views 1. To be controlled (Hall) the cult of efficiency i. Cult of efficicency: time is something to be controlled, to accomplish as much as possible, it’s about efficiency. ii. modern man thinks he loses something when time is gone, when we gain time we fritter it away iii. much of the way we think about time is new, and arbitrary, it’s a perception 2. to be resisted: the cult of youth, time is to be resisted in terms of aging 3. to be idealized; past, present, and future; cult of idealized time Past: there is a sense of a golden moment that we speak about rhetorically, Not the actual past (steinar). Present: Chronological snobbery (lewis), we are better than every other time Future: We are longing for heaven, future oriented. The good is out there we’re always saying I can’t wait until… (Steinar) Blue Beards Castle : most history carries on its back the vestiges Of paradise, we always reflect upon (Lewis)** b. Other Cultures (Hall) N. American gets annoyed when we have an appointment and the person makes other appointments at the same time. We like to do one thing at a time (discreteness of time) Americans are sur India: we need a specified time, the Indian said come over any time (guest determines time of visit) Native American: pueblo; time doesn’t start according to the clock, but when things are ready. Novajo; Time=Space. Only the now is important. The immediate has reality, (promise of future gifts not appreciated) 2. Types of time (Hall) a. technical: Greenwich, England b. formal: traditional time structures (schedules). Before modern era didn’t exist (calendars, dates) c. informal time: loosely defined time structures, we know it, but we don’t talk about it (urgency is determined situationally) (Robinson) ** What is a while, when are you late 3. Perceptions of time (Larusso) a. Chronos: measured clock time. Time by intervals b. Kairos: time by content/opportunity presented (Ecclesiastes) There is a time and season for everything (Williams)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course COMM 101 taught by Professor Spencer during the Spring '08 term at Westmont.
- Spring '08
- Einstein's Dreams