The Fundamental Disruption of Industrial Time
Time, measuring the passage of time, and telling the time of day, are among the most fundamental aspects of human life. The Industrial Revolution changed how we tell time so fundamentally that we don’t even realize that there was ever another way. I call the current conventional format for measuring time “Industrial Time.”
You probably are familiar with Industrial Time as “time,” or “normal clocks,” or the answer to the question:
What time is it?
Our current time format is so widely adopted that it seems odd to give it a specific name to differentiate from another format for telling time – since we don’t currently use any other ways to tell time – but we should give it a name because it really is new. It is called “Industrial Time.”
Keep Industrial Time!
I am not opposed to Industrial Time I believe it should remain, and Industrial Time should continue to be used in its current state in many situations. Industrial Time works well in an industrial, global world! However, Industrial Time is new, odd, arbitrary, and disconnected from the natural events it measures. It should be treated as such, and it should have its own name, Industrial Time.
Post-Industrial Time (The Blog) and the Industrial Revolution
Now let’s return the the Industrial Revolution in general, and the Post-Industrial Time Blog. The Industrial Revolution has brought about such a pace of change that Industrial Time – despite its earth shaking consequences to our daily lives – is lost among numerous equally important and fundamental changes that we have quickly accepted as normal! What is really odd is that we accept things so arbitrary and disconnected from natural reality simply because our lives are short and the generations that knew another way have died. The Industrial Revolution began around 1760, which at 25 years per generation, is about 10 generations past. 10 generations is not many, but it is enough to almost completely wipe away life experience of a different reality.
Our perception of the world is based on our own short realities. This works when the world remains the same for thousands of years at a time, but when the world changes fundamentally every two or three generations, we should make an effort to understand the changes. Enter the Post-Industrial Time Blog. Consider the following industrial advancements that we accept as normal, even though they are all less than 10 generations old:
- Sugar / processed food / unlimited food
- Cars / unlimited independent mobility
- Television / cheap easy media entertainment
- Air conditioning / sedentary indoor lives
- Pills / pharmaceuticals
- The internet
- Industrial Time of course!
- Worldwide nationalism
Each of those is something most people, especially Americans, would not consider living without, yet each of them is less than 10 generations old. The “Post-Industrial Time Blog” on this site is here to discuss these various products of the Industrial Revolution, and specifically how the advancements have impacted our daily lives. Industrial Time is just one example topic.
The first 5 items on the list are clearly meant to represent negative changes. My opinion is that those 5 things are almost entirely negative. I call them “The Five Industrial Culture Plagues” and I believe America particularly is fighting a culture war against those things – or at least we should be. Maybe you don’t consider them “all bad,” but I do. Either way, the first step is identifying what has changed.
By clearly identifying the changes that have occurred, readers obtain reference to understand the rapid change that we have come to accept as normal.
General Format for Posts
- Name an industrial advancement.
- Before and after / timeline
- The good and the bad
- How to practically keep the good and cut the bad
- ~500 words