Sunday, August 03, 2008

social_disturbance [a matter of time].

The Lachenaie Series: Time / April 08 / Lachenaie, Qc. / Canon Eos Digital Rebel XTi

- Uuuuft!
- What is it Emily?

- I don’t want to study History anymore; it is boring.
- But what is history Em? It is this. What you and I are doing.
- What do you mean?
- Everything. Everything we do, and every move we make is history. It is social disturbance. Our behaviors determine a situation, which with scale, magnifies to a social perturbation, and defines a society that makes History.
- So it is us? We are History?
- Hehe, yes in a way we are. Picture us years and years away, being scrutinized by others like us but far, far away from us. A trip in time. I know I’ve previously said, that everything is a matter of scale, but with history, it is a mater of time.

Do you understand?

- What?

- No, nevermind. I was just… pfffft.
- Hihihi,,,
- Get back to your books.
- I am on the Internet dude... Much faster.
- Oh yeah how could I forget… the Internet…

A matter of time I tell you.

- Shhhhhht.

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At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome back tziad lo , i really love emily and the the way she sees things , keep on

At 9:06 AM, Blogger Tony Bey said...

What you describe is called "history from below" in social history. It focuses on "ordinary" folk and their perspectives (farmers, workers, etc.) as opposed to the history of "great men." It became popular with Marxist historians (especially Brits. E.g. Hobsbawm).

As for magnified "social perturbation" as you call them, scaled over time, again as you write, it sounds a bit like social structures studied as part of the "longue duree" approach of the French Annales school, esp. Fernand Braudel. It's the second of three modes of historical time, for which, by way of analog, marine terminology was used (deep current, wave crests, etc.). Study of structures is separated from the study of the history of men and events.

At 10:18 AM, Blogger _z. said...

emily loves you too...

ahhhh... this is why you're my best buddy...mmmmmmm

At 7:54 PM, Blogger poshlemon said...


there you go. A lesson for free ;)

I hope you're really back. I hope you get back to writing from your heart. I hope you get back to writing for yourself.

At 1:35 AM, Blogger Zee said...

Z man to Z man
Historical theory means nothing, living in the present makes the real history of tomorrow.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger _z. said...

this time I am here to stay... promise!

At 11:50 AM, Blogger _z. said...

isn't it the same thing? years ago, ppl lived in their present, and made their tomorrow, and then others later called their present history...

At 5:08 AM, Blogger Liliane said...

so we make history!!

At 12:50 PM, Blogger _z. said...

I guess we do...


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