Monday, October 17, 2016

The Perils of Peak Attention | New Republic

From another review of Tim Wu's The Attention Merchants
"Picture Thoreau now, on his obligation-shedding saunter through the Massachusetts woods. There are unanswered emails from the morning’s business a twitchy finger away. Facebook notifications fall upon him like leaves. The babbling brook is not only lovely, but demands to be shared via Instagram, once the correct filter (“Walden,” natch) has been applied. Perhaps a quick glance at the Health app to track his steps, or a browse of the TripAdvisor reviews of Walden Pond (“serene and peaceful”). There may be Pok√©mon Go baubles to collect—the app may have even compelled his walk in the first place."
The Perils of Peak Attention | New Republic
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