Circumscribed time and porous time: Logics as a way of studying temporality

Melissa Mazmanian, Ingrid Erickson, Ellie Harmon

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Abstract

In this paper, we introduce the notion of a temporal logic to characterize sets of organizing principles that perpetuate particular orientations to the lived experience of time. We identify a dominant temporal logic, circumscribed time, which has legitimated time as chunkable, single-purpose, linear, and ownable. We juxtapose this logic with the temporal experiences of participants in three ethnographic datasets to identify a set of alternative understandings of time-that it is also spectral, mosaic, rhythmic, and obligated. We call this understanding porous time. We posit porous time as an expansion of circumscribed time in order to provoke reflection on how temporal logics underpin the ways that people orient to each other, research and design technologies, and normalize visions of success in contemporary life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1453-1464
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450329224
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 28 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event18th ACM International Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2015 - BC, Canada
Duration: Mar 14 2015Mar 18 2015

Other

Other18th ACM International Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2015
CountryCanada
CityBC
Period3/14/153/18/15

Keywords

  • Close Reading
  • Ethnography
  • Logics
  • Rhythm
  • Social Norms
  • Temporality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Mazmanian, M., Erickson, I., & Harmon, E. (2015). Circumscribed time and porous time: Logics as a way of studying temporality. In CSCW 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 1453-1464). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2675133.2675231