The master's thesis I wrote in 1980 explored how children learn about time. Against the backdrop of Piaget's theories of cognitive development, I hypothesized that television plays havoc with traditional conceptions of time. In particular, I believed that heavy use of television could cause children to become less patient by distorting their understanding of how long things take in real life. Using survey research and experimental design, my hypotheses were found to be correct.
Fast-forward 27 years to the Age of the Intertubes and the elasticity of time is even more apparent. Between high-speed multi-tasking, complex conversations that can happen anytime and anywhere, time shifting of media, and our bizarre ability to gain and lose hours simply by passing laws, there can be no doubt that time is indeed relative.
Nowhere is that relativity more apparent to me than in the world of politics. The past seven years have seemed like seventy, a kind of catastrophic train wreck unfolding in slow-motion to those trapped inside the cars. It has been interesting, to say the least, to watch different political camps respond.