Patrick van Broeckhuijsen

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How to escape the space bias

05 Apr 2021

Every empire has a bias either towards space or towards time. This bias is influenced by the most dominant medium, as Innis explains in “The Bias of Communication”.

Time-biased media includes clay or stones. They are durable yet tend to reach limited audiences. Space-biased media are more volatile. They include paper, electronic and digital communication. This form of media is capable of conveying information to many people over long distances but has short exposure times.

For an empire to last, a balance has to be reached between the spatial and temporal biases. If such a balance is not achieved, society is doomed to fall apart. Whether this will happen to our modern society depends on our ability to escape the space bias.

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