There is a long, rich history of the study of nonverbal communication that shows the significant impact it has on how we understand one another. Some researchers have gone as far as to say that when humans communicate, 70 to 93 percent of our messages come through nonverbal forms. Studies of nonverbal communication focus on messages encoded in gesture, body position, clothing, facial expressions, and (yes) time.
This focus on time as a mode of communication is known as chronemics. The anthropologist Edward T. Hall begins his book The Silent Language with an eye-opening statement about the role of chronemics: “Time talks. It speaks more plainly than words. The message it conveys comes through loud and clear. Because it is manipulated less consciously, it is subject to less distortion than the spoken language. It can shout truth where words lie.” (PG.6)
The data from New Horizons are shot back to Earth via radio waves from the dish antenna on the spacecraft. These are faint messages, sent from three billion miles away, and it takes enormous satellite dishes strategically positioned at three locations around the globe to capture these whispers of data. The messages arrive in a slow drip; a far cry from the torrential flow of data on a home broadband connection, as people stream movies or music. The New Horizons data accumulate over months, with the most critical data arriving first. For the New Horizons mission, data were downloaded (“downlinked”) from the spacecraft at the rate of 2,000 bits—0.00025 megabytes—per second. This is a trickle of data compared to the U.S. national average download speed on home computers in 2017, which was more than 70 megabytes per second. The New Horizons mission is a perfect example of the vital relationship between waiting and knowledge. The unknown creates speculation as we try to fill in the gaps of knowledge with everything from educated guesses to fear-inspired myths about what lies beyond the edge of our understanding. (Pg.84)
This capacity stands in stark contrast to the ways that knowledge production has been described in the digital age, when any question or topic of curiosity can be resolved through a search engine, and our thirst for answers is quickly satiated. (Pg.85)
Waiting pulls us into the present unlike any other experience of time. In waiting, we realize that this moment is meaningful as it exists, not as some step toward a future moment. Waiting is present tense, and its meanings are full of the potential to transform the ways we see the world. Each moment is its own experience and its own fulfillment. (Pg.196)
Sting – Seven Days (Official Music Video)
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known as Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for new wave rock band the Police from 1977 to 1984, and launched a solo career in 1985.Wikipedia