Machine Time: Unifying Chronos and Kairos in an Era of Ubiquitous Technologies

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Abstract

Chronos and kairos are often understood as separate from one another in discussions of rhetorical temporality. For online and other highly mediated contexts, however, chronos and kairos can be understood as deeply related and intertwined. Via the concept of transduction, this article introduces machine time, which describes rhetorical time across a broad range of digital contexts, including online discussion forums and computer code.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-535
Number of pages14
JournalRhetoric Review
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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