The Resource Distracted : the erosion of attention and the coming Dark Age, Maggie Jackson ; foreword by Bill McKibben

Distracted : the erosion of attention and the coming Dark Age, Maggie Jackson ; foreword by Bill McKibben

Label
Distracted : the erosion of attention and the coming Dark Age
Title
Distracted
Title remainder
the erosion of attention and the coming Dark Age
Statement of responsibility
Maggie Jackson ; foreword by Bill McKibben
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 beeps and more multitasking. Welcome to the land of distraction. Despite our wondrous technologies and scientific advances, we are nurturing a culture of diffusion, fragmentation, and detachment. In this new world, something is amiss. And that something is - attention. Journey with Maggie Jackson as she explores the many ways in which we are eroding our capacity for deep, sustained attention-the building block of intimacy, wisdom, and cultural progress. In her sweeping quest to unravel the nature of attention and detail its erosion, she introduces us to scientists, cartographers, marketers, educators, wired teens, virtual lovers from the telegraph age, and roboticists building smart machines to comfort and care for us. She takes us from the nineteenth-century roots of our mobile, virtual multitasking ways into a darkening future of snippets, glimpses, skimming, McThinking, and mistrust. 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 devaluing the essence of humanity, and our technological age could ultimately slip into cultural decline. But we are just as capable of igniting a renaissance of attention by strengthening our varied powers of focus and perception, the keys to judgement, memory, morality, and happiness. She describes some of the exciting new scientific research that shows how these skills can be nurtured. "Distraction" is unique in being simultaneously an original exposé of the multifaceted nature of attention, an engaging and often surprising portrait of post-modern life, and a compelling roadmap for cultivating sustained focus and nurturing a more enriched and literate society. Pull over, hit the pause button, silence the ringer, and prepare to encounter our land of distraction-this may be your first, and maybe your last, chance to really fathom it.--From publisher information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jackson, Maggie
Dewey number
306.0973
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.12
LC item number
.J26 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Distraction (Psychology)
  • Attention
  • Technology
  • United States
  • Social change
  • Social psychology
Label
Distracted : the erosion of attention and the coming Dark Age, Maggie Jackson ; foreword by Bill McKibben
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-309) and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn179808078
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9781591026235
Lccn
2008016540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)179808078
Label
Distracted : the erosion of attention and the coming Dark Age, Maggie Jackson ; foreword by Bill McKibben
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-309) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn179808078
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9781591026235
Lccn
2008016540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)179808078

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