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Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
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Dec 30, 11

Read in December, 2011

Great fun and a nice antidote to the internet and instant communication. Allen and I had a nice conversation about the effects of instant communication on decision making after I finished the book. In this novel the dean of the cathedral dies and there is a period of at least a couple of weeks before the choice of the new dean is made. This is partly because all those who need to participate in the decision making aren't within quick reach. Therefore, there is time for discussion, decisions, reversals of decisions, new decisions, etc. until it all works out satisfactorily in the end. It seems that the time for decision making in our society has shrunk in accordance with the time needed for communicating. In the novel a week or two is not too long to receive news; for us a couple of hours makes us feel out of the loop. I wonder if that's a good thing.
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