In other cultures, time plays at a different pace, or seems unpaced, emerging like smoke from events, as opposed to being the metronome driving us forward.
A lovely metaphor and contrast to describe the culturally constructed notions of time. Like most everything else that we simply take for granted, time is also a cultural "artifact.
Questioning some of our most basic notions and assumptions seems to me to be one of our biggest tasks and challenges as we head to a post digital world. This includes how we think of consumers and consumption, producers and consumers of content, friends and community, and, of course, offline and online.
I love this quote, Culture is what remains after we’ve forgotten everything we’ve read. If that is true, post digital culture is demanding that we forget, and unlearn quite a bit.