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Daylight Saving and the Politics of Time

Why we “fall back” and “spring forward”—and the surprisingly controversial history of clock time.

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The bleary-eyed debate over “falling back” and “springing forward” is about a lot more than disrupted sleep schedules. Read on to explore the origin and impact of daylight saving time and how it fits into the broader human story of who gets to decide what time it is.

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The Tyranny Of Time

Joe Zadeh

The clock is a useful social tool, but it is also deeply political. It benefits some, marginalizes others and blinds us from a true understanding of our own bodies and the world around us.