In Australia, I often hear the phrase "the Tyranny of Distance", but I'm not exactly sure what it means.
I know that the phrase originated from The Tyranny of Distance: How Distance Shaped Australia's History, and that the word "tyranny" is being used metaphorically, to indicate that something has a very strong influence.
Is there an exact meaning to the phrase? Or has it become a cliche?
onelook.com didn't have any entries apart from the book, plus an album named after a lyric from a song by a NZ band.