Friday, February 04, 2011

George Kenney: "Podcast interview re the psychology of distraction with Maggie Jackson" @ Electric Politics

Dear Michael,

It's never easy to just stop and think. And we tend to organize our lives in such a way that paying sustained attention to something -- anything -- becomes even more difficult. Modern technology, of course, makes the situation worse still. But is not being able to pay attention really that much of a problem? I believe it is, and the journalist Maggie Jackson has written a book about it, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age. Although I wouldn't go so far as to worry about a new Dark Age, her overall point is well taken. And, it turns out, we can learn how to not be distracted.

I suspect it's probably also useful to be aware of how distracted those around us have become, and what some of the consequences may be.

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