By the way the video was presented, I noticed a reacquiring theme of calmness and peace. The man telling his story displays a contentment and also happiness. He's lived his life the way he wanted to. And even though he is reaching in his older years, he's living each and every day exactly the way he wants it. His life is own that is actually quite desirable, especially to those who appreciate the calm life. He lives in a quite home and doing what he loves most (art in this case). For the way it displays nowness, it conveys these peaceful feelings to a tea (excuse the pun). The video takes its sweet time. It shows nearly every part of his life. From his home, the various rooms, his artwork, and even him telling his life story, the video displays a sort of inviting element that also fits in to some of the utopian impulses we discuss about. Sure, every one who is young says they want to see the world and do all of these amazing things, but while one may do some of these things, there is something almost perfect about having the right home/family/life that may not be extravagant, but that's part of what makes it special.
In the case of 2312, the novel displays time as more of a plot device. In other words, the author (Robinson) will jump in time many times. This method is surprisingly effective in that for one, he isn't restricted in any way with time, as he is able to further development with his characters by seeing the differences from one point to another. For the second point, this gives the reader a sort of investment, a hook if you will. The reader is curious of what happens next in a very different way. While most authors use suspense as a big part of their investment, Robinson uses the unknown passing of time to grab his audiences. We as the readers have a tendency to guess what will happen next. The predictability of some plot devices can be very boring to many readers and they desire something we can't immediately see coming.
Nowness and Time
Nowness and Time