Clocking Cultures

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Submitted By elmo12345
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A truly unique writer specializing in biology and biomedicine would be Carol Ezzell who wrote “Clocking Cultures”, which will leave the reader thinking deeper “As Time Goes By”.
She opens her statement, By comparing the concept of time in Brazil to New York City” Show up an hour late in Brazil, and no one bats an eyelash; keep someone in New York City waiting for five or ten minutes ,and one may have some explaining to do”(Ezzel p207). This culture is her first notion to indicate how time is perceived. According to Edward T. Hall, Jr who is referenced in this article states “Different cultures simply place different values on time units.”

Ms. Ezzell writes about the many different cultures worldwide. She goes into detail to let the reader know that certain cultures value every minute as if it was the air they breathe. On the other hand there are cultures that are less concerned with the way they spend their time: leaving the readers thinking about what do they truly value.
Carol Ezzell’s paragraphs are very detailed. She ranks the fastest and slowest countries. She includes the United States which ranks number 16th. A reader who lives in the United States would feel that the United States should be #1, since they live in a fast paced lifestyle. Americans are always saying there are not enough hours in the day compared to what other countries have.
Time perception in Trinidad has been examined and the results are lack of consciousness for something as precious as time. A good example would be if an individual have an interview appointment at 3:00 p.m. and the individual shows up at 4:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. and makes the statement “any time is Trinidad time” (Ezzell p 208). This relaxed statement only works with people of power. If this was in the United States that individual would still be looking for job.
The audience for “Clocking...