Chronological time might well be linear, but no time is politically or economically homogeneous.
But when chronological time is invested with a singular historical meaning, represented as the essence of a time (as an era or an epoch), the disjuncture itself can often be illustrative of a problem of representation, in the sense that it does not so much articulate a truth than it displays the conditions of visibility, including who has the power to make things visible, and by implication, to make other things — or even dimensions of the ostensibly same things — less so. Nowhere is this more apparent than in discussions around issues such as changing forms of work, policing and similar. Which is to say, there are always two, simultaneously political and epistemological questions that could be raised, were it to go beyond a simple claim to represent: What are the implications of those changes? And what are the implications of treating these processes, experiences or circumstances as if they were recently discovered continents?