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Earlier I wrote about P-time. I'm now trying to see if I can create a work style around it. I am getting up at 5-6am, sitting in my living room with all of my IM buddy lists, IRC and mail tracking the presence of as many people as possible. I have iTunes and iChat Streaming Icon on and have applescripts letting people on iChat and IRC know what I'm listening to. I track UTC in my head and try to remember what time zone it is in the various countries and watch people wake up, go to eat, go to bed. I've started giving people my vonage phone number. I've started adding more people to LinkedIn and IM, trying to make contact with people I've lost touch with. Then, I sit around, chatting on IRC, reading email, blogging, until I see someone I need to talk to or a text conversation gets interesting enough to make a phone call, do a iChatAV video chat with or even rally a conference call around on the free conference call system,

I am letting my thoughts wander, immersing myself in this spew of contextual information. It's a different mode, but it's very interestingly real time and multi-modal. I'm now trying to figure out whether I should have P-time days and M-time days, or split the day into different modes...



For being on p-time you're not online enough. Really, whenever I want to try to talk to you I can't find you online. Living on opposite ends of the earth doesn't help, for sure. And I'm not online as much as I would like, but where are you when I AM online? ;)

In reading Hall, I got the impression that he had not quite progressed in his own freudian analysis enough to reconcile and understand the unification of his own personality, let alone the mass culture. Essentially he has compartmentalized the organization of time and space into two discrete views and, ironically, attempts to describe p-time from the perspective of m-thinking!

Rather than struggling with how to divide your time between p-time and m-time (which is also m-thinking on your part!) - think about ways to accomplish what you have traditionally perceived as your m-time goals in a p-time environment. Essentially, instead of compartmentalizing your activities based on discrete organizing principles of time and space, work towards integrating them which will create an existentially-driven p-time environment.

[I don't think Hall's constructs of m-time and p-time are in themselves unique - he is merely looking at the long studied issues of linear thinking/activity vs. multi-tasking type thinking/activity from the perspective of environment, rather than from the more solepsistic approach which would see the individual as central and controlling rather than merely reactive to an environment.]

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August 16, 2003 9:43 AM

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