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Distracted : the erosion of attention and the coming Dark Age

Author: Maggie Jackson
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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We have vast oceans of information at our disposal, yet increasingly we seek knowledge with brief glimpses at the Yahoo headlines while juggling other tasks. We are networked as never before, but we tend to communicate even with our most intimate friends and family via instant messaging, email, and fleeting face-to-face moments that are rescheduled a dozen times, then punctuated when they do occur with pings and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jackson, Maggie, 1960-
Distracted.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2008
(OCoLC)747305646
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maggie Jackson
ISBN: 9781591026235 1591026237
OCLC Number: 179808078
Description: 327 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Lengthening shadows : exploring our landscape of distraction --
Wired love ca. 1880 : tracing the roots of an attention-deficient culture --
Focus : e-mailing the dead and other forays into virtual living --
Judgment : of Molly's gaze and Taylor's watch : why more is less in a split-screen world --
Awareness : portable clocks and little black boxes : the sticking point of mobility --
pt. 2. Deepening twilight : pursuing the narrowing path --
Focus : invisible tethers : the delicate art of surveillance-based love --
Judgment : book and word on the "edge of chaos" --
Awareness : the post-human age : a battle for our attention --
pt. 3. Dark times ... or renaissance of attention? McThinking and the future of the past --
The gift of attention : a renaissance at hand.
Responsibility: Maggie Jackson ; foreword by Bill McKibben.
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Taking us beyond Blink and Faster, Jackson makes it clear that if we continue down this road of scattered attention spans and widespread societal ADD, we will be in danger of squandering and  Read more...

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