A sustain consciousness at the crossroads of 1880, can we recruit? Where are we now: Power over time

Nowadays society’s reliance on technology has become quite problematic in that our everyday’s lives are connected to a piece technology. Unfortunately we as individuals seem oblivion to our sick overdependence on the speed and quality of technology that it is would be quite difficult to announce the world of technology as we know it, will be coming to an end! During the 1880’s, Muybridge worked with multiple cameras to capture motion, which he then was able to replicate, and re-play over and over, ultimately defining that having moments reproduced is possible. At the same time, William James worked on the Stream of Consciousness in which he paid attention to the speed of the brain in processing thoughts. The consciousness of thoughts is in constant motion, like a stream. Given the brain was in constant motion, James asserted that moments can not reduplicated, given our brain is constantly moving.

            With Muybridge’s work came a possibility for “time [to be] in his command as it had never been anyone’s before” while James ideal about the consciousness did not allow time to be controlled (given it was constantly moving) (Solnit, 2).

            Given the dramatic change of the relationship between individuals, time and space, there is no possibility that we can recruit to a full extent…back to James ideas. Obviously during the 1880’s, people became frightfully aware that their relationship to nature was never going to be like it was with Emerson’s “sublime immergence with nature.” Instead, there came a complete separation between individuals and the world, in which individuals were granted more control than ever before. With James’ Stream of Consciousness, it is understood that the pace to which our minds processed information was in a constant “stream-like” motion, but never can this motion be in our control (because who can actually say they have a complete grasped on what is going on in our minds). Given our generation, the now, is consumed by individuals with abilities to control every aspect of the time frame to which information is produced, it is no wondered individuals sought to followed along with Muybridge—and his work, then remained powerless with James’ ideas about the consciousness.

So to answer the question of whether we can recruit back (strictly through the mind of individual from that time) was impossible! With Muybridge came the possibility “to step in the same river twice and other places or other times” (5). What was desired by individuals at that time was the ability to have, as Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky stated, “Time lost or spent or not had” (4). In other words, to be able to regain time lost or to experience scenes that will never be attainable on the film screen was something that was excellent…and exciting. Individuals, instead of reading the world in a matter like Emerson, can view the world on screen…and review it, and review it!

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3 Responses to A sustain consciousness at the crossroads of 1880, can we recruit? Where are we now: Power over time

  1. Dominique says:

    “With Muybridge came the possibility “to step in the same river twice and other places or other times” (5). What was desired by individuals at that time was the ability to have, as Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky stated, “Time lost or spent or not had” (4).” –lovely selections, Josephine!

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