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At the beginning of the third millenium how we view and experience space and time is very different from how it was viewed at the turn of the last century The reason for this is modern technology - as modernisation and technology have progressed and inevitably changed so too have the qualities of space and time This has been no more apparent than in the development of the Internet which has changed space and time in ways which citizens of the Modernist era could scarcely have imagined The mid to late nineteenth century was a time of major upheaval The Modernist era brought innovations such as the telephone radio steam train and electric light which changed not only how people saw themselves in relation to others but also how they saw themselves in their own personal space and time As progress brought about civilising and enlightening aspects to society people began to question not only how such innovations worked but how the individual was affected by them and by extension how space and time had changed Prior to the Industrial Revolution our concept of time was linked to the natural rhythms of the seasons We knew that after four seasons we would be one year older Out internal clocks were diurnal we rose with the sun and went to bed when the sun went down As technology and modernisation progressed our concept of time changed As individuals were increasingly drawn into an urban factory-based system of employment the experience of the flow of time became increasingly linked to the time-keeping mechanisms required for the synchronization of labour and the organization of the working week Thompson 1995 p 36 The urbanization of the environment and subsequent events such as the introduction of shift-work in factories brought about a change in how time was perceived Workers who had previously worked in daylight hours and slept at night had to adjust to working different
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