• The Jetlag Society • the unbound book
  • The Jetlag Society • the unbound book


    ABOUT THE JETLAG SOCIETY

    The Jetlag Society, is an unbound book
    on how technology influences time, space
    and our synchronization with the world. 

    While  bound books have weight, smell and are
    above all tangible, it’s digital form can be quick, changing
    and endlessly linked to other relevant information. 

    The Jetlag Society is a name, a feeling and an
    unbound book that makes the idea feel timeless,
    interconnected and constantly in motion. 


    by Brigiet & Nikki


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    Eternally Behind On Things

    I am sitting in a train in the middle of the night. It saves me time to do work at these hours. There are plenty of people around me, wide-awake, just like there were on my way to the train station. Even if there had not been people around, the lights of ads and signs and streets would have kept me company. I feel my body getting tired, but the time it saves me to spend these hours working feels more urgent.

    I feel like I am eternally behind on things. When I am not watching TV or checking the Internet on my laptop or iPhone, I fall behind on what’s going on around me, what’s new and happening in the world. I fall behind on what is important to know. So I try to stay in touch, just like so many people do in my environment. Except when I take a plane. At first it is a little unsettling to be out of communication, I get a little antsy and am not sure what to do when I can’t use the online half of wonderful apps on my phone. Even before the plane has landed, everyone
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    everyone has already turned their phones back on, including me.

    The Jetlag Society is a name that rings a lot of bells. Everyone seems to have an intuitive association with this combination of words. In this theoretical work we will confirm some and disprove other associations that you might have. Either way, in what follows we will try to draw an analogy between the medical condition called jetlag and a feeling or phenomenon that can be observed in our society today.

    The idea for the Jetlag Society can be traced back to China. When you arrive in Beijing and spend some hours or days on its street, you are bound to run into major contrasts. Unmistakable is the incredible growth in technology and economy that has skyscrapers of major companies shooting out of the ground in every major city. These clean and slick buildings hide the traditional hutongs behind them, constructing a gap between the old and the new, tradition and innovation, and between a human measure and limitless development. What you see
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    see is friction: people with traditions and ways that have formed over millennia having to live and work in a rapidly changed environment (1st def). Like in the Metropolis pictures of Martin Roemers, where the speed of trains and cars has become blurry as compared to people walking, waiting or working on the streets. It leaves a sense or impression of desynchronization, displacement and disconnection between people and their technology. 
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    Having to cope with this rapid change of environment is exactly what a jetlag is: we cross great distances quickly and arrive in a different time zone than we are used to, a gap between our body and its surrounding in both space and time 03'14". We don’t need to fly necessarily to encounter circumstances where the rhythm of our environment is not in synch with our own, society now constantly asks of us to work and live at different times than we are used to 01'53". Technology in particular enables our environment to continue non-stop, providing us with light when it’s dark out, with Internet and phones to bridge physical distance, and to allow us to record and respond to events as they happen 02'21". 

    More widespread than Beijing, the friction that arises from people having to adapt to an environment that moves at a different pace than them, can be seen throughout society today. Having to be in a circumstance where the rhythm of your body is not synchronized (yet) to the rhythm of your environment, is what we call having a jetlag. As we have seen in Beijing, technology is what enables society to make these giant leaps in both time
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    time and space as well. By enabling us to take these giant leaps, to do more things faster, technology is changing our experience of time and space 03'26" 01'44".

    What a jetlag is, what it does to us and how this is relevant to society are things we will discuss here. It starts with looking at the original use of the term jetlag, and how scientists have come to use the concept to describe a form of social and cultural disconnection as well. It is important to see how the Jetlag Society is similar to these concepts in the way that a change in our environment can cause jetlag like symptoms, while it differs in the sense that for us it is the environment that is changing and not we who fly, choose a different sleeping pattern or move to disrupt the synchronization with our surroundings 02'48" . Just as we have seen with the example of China, where developments have caused the rapid transformation of society and thereby automatically all people who are part of it. 

    Time and space are two elements that are fundamental to this Jetlag and its Society, they order all that happens and
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    and exists in the world in which we move. Time orders all that happens by recording when an event took place 01'50", while space orders what exists by recording where things have their place 02'28". Technology is changing our society by making it possible to stand in direct communication with the entire world through phones and Internet, which can make things happen faster, and at the same time allows us to move virtually rather than physically, which makes your actual location less relevant. In many ways these developments have changed our experience of time and place, thereby it is changing our society and our relationship to the world. 

    In the end we think the Jetlag Society gives a name to a feeling that we are moving in disregard of time, and that we are making space irrelevant, a feeling of desynchronization and disconnection, of being able to go anywhere and being able to stay at home, of seeing the world through your screen, dominated by technology, of everything that is new already being old, of working when you need to and sleeping when you can, of being confused and lost, and of being enlightened and lucid. The
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    The Jetlag Society is a perspective on our world, how we experience and try to handle reality. It represents a life that is comfortable for some and stressful for others.
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  • The Jetlag Society • the unbound book
  • The Jetlag Society • the unbound book
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