Surviving the future, what Attention is, and Facebook

Surviving the future, what Attention is, and Facebook

There are words on the internet, a lot of words. Here are a few that won’t waste your time or disrespect your attention.


How to Survive the Next Era of Tech (Slow Down and Be Mindful)

In his last ‘State of the Art’ tech column, Farhad Manjoo gives advice for navigating a world where new technology now seems as likely to harm us as it is to help us. He expands on these three recommendations:

  • Consider the business model, not just the product.
  • Avoid feeding the giants whenever you can.
  • Slow down, wait, and adopt late.
“Yes, tech could make everything better. But we should be on guard for the ways it could make things worse”

Attention is not a resource but a way of being alive to the world

It seems like everything is described in economic terms. We talk about investing our time, spending our energy, and allocating our attention as if we keep attention in our pockets. Lately, that last one has been a particular focus for me.

Maybe attention is a bit more complicated. Maybe distraction doesn’t simply keep us from doing useful things.

“[…] conceiving of attention as a resource misses the fact that attention is not just useful. It’s more fundamental than that: attention is what joins us with the outside world.”

Mark Zuckerberg Strategy Email: ‘That May Be Good For the World But It’s Not Good For Us’

This is a short news piece on some new evidence for a nearly unassailable fact: Facebook (Instagram, Google—whoever) are not your friend.

 

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