Time –space compression: It was first articulated by David Harvey a geographer in 1989. It simply refers to any phenomenon that leads to the relationship quality alteration of space and time. This term is used by geographers for acknowledging the compression of geographic spaces because of advanced means of transportation and communication. A significant role is played by time-space compression in the transformation of cultures and structures especially due to changes in transit and value production (Harvey, 2000). Time space compression consists of a set of processes due to which the relative distances between places is contracted in terms of time and cost of travelling and made the places effectively closer.
The topic of discussion is “What role has media and telecommunications played in globalization?” This discussion includes the spheres in which the study of time-space compression is applicable. A distinction is discussed between the Electronic flaneur and street flaneur. Further a comparison is done between thonline identity and Simmel’s nature of identity in the metropolis. Then an interrelationship is discussed between the Schivelbusch’s the railway journey and benefits of virtual travelling.
Electronic flaneur and street flaneur:
Street flaneur is an individual who aimlessly and casually wanders to various places at a lounging pace as an observer and reporter about the street life in the modern cities. It is a socially interesting as it emphasizes on the centrality of locomotion of social life (Russell, 2002). Due to continuous invasions he attains a stream of experiences that leads to the development of new perceptions with his movement from the landscapes of urban areas to crowds. This concept was first explored by Baudelaire in his writings (Werner, 2004).
Social relations are distancing flaneur compresses time and space that leads to emptying of both subjects and objects. Due to this, the accelerated mobility the objects had become disposable and are declining in their significance and social relationships have emptied (Tester, 2014). With just a click individuals can have a visualized view of the entire world through its multi-functions on home page. Through telemetric connections the computing convergences are explored through networking for extended human connections at a global level.