When are you reading this? It’s not when I wrote it. If you leave a comment, when will I respond to it? We could have a protracted “conversation” via the comments. Am I with you? When did the “conversation” take place? Is it real? Absolutely. Just like technology has allowed conversations from different locations, it also allows time shifted conversations. The sense of time is changing.
I know in times past conversations would be protracted because of the time to deliver a hand written letter. The collection of letters between Jung and Pauli spanned 26 YEARS! Talk about a time shifted conversation. Although we think we are changing things with new media, time shifting isn’t one of them.
From Jung and Pauli’s time conversations advance to be more “in the now” with telegraphs and telephones. Asynchronous convesations could only be done with the written word. With the advent of answering machines and voicemail, we have RE-entered the world of time shifted conversations. We can now have time shifted conversations.
So when is now? What is your frame of reference? Is it when you are listening to a message or when the message was recorded? I favor when it was recorded. It is just a snap shot of that moment in time.