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present +‎ -ism


presentism (countable and uncountable, plural presentisms)

  1. The belief that only current phenomena are relevant.
    • 2000, Keith Hampton; Barry Wellman, “Examining Community in the Digital Neighborhood: Early Results from Canada's Wired Suburb.”, in Toru Ishida, Katherine Isbister, editors, Digital Cities: Technologies, Experiences and Future Perspectives, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pages 475-492:
      Despite the breathless presentism of the current discourse, scholarly debate on the nature of community did not originate with the introduction of new computer technologies, but arose out of earlier concerns about the transition from agrarian to urban industrial societies.
    • 2004, Barry Wellman; Bernie Hogan, “The Immanent Internet”, in Johnston McKay, editor, Netting Citizens: Exploring Citizenship in a Digital Age, Edinburgh: St. Andrew Press, page 54-80:
      Many people lost their perspective in their euphoria and became parochial and presentist. In their presentism, they forgot that long distance ties had been flourishing for generations, using automobiles, telephones, airplanes, and even postal (snail) mail.
  2. Interpreting past phenomena in terms of current beliefs and knowledge.

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