'"In Japan," she said, "the cellphone has abolished the schedule and the time of day. We don't make appointments any more, we simply call people when ever we wake up." Older habits of clock time are thereby eclipsed, the "signifier" of the single day called into question; some new nonchronological and nontemporal pattern of immediacies comes into being. We might have also mentioned the streamlining of television news whereby, apparently for the benefit of a new youth public, current events are provided throughout the program in a "crawl" that summarises the latest current events, so precious time need not be wasted in waiting for the coverage in question. Impatience is probably not the right word for this promotion and transfiguration of the synchronic (any more than entertainment has much explanatory value when dealing with the appeal of mass culture). But the phenomenon does redirect us to the existential level of the matter, which in contemporary theory takes the form of the study of the quotidian or of everyday life.’ 


Jameson, F 'The end of temporality' in Critical Inquiry Summer 2003 Academic Research Library p.706,707