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Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age / Edition 1
     

Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age / Edition 1

by Maggie Jackson, Bill McKibben
 

ISBN-10: 1591026237

ISBN-13: 9781591026235

Pub. Date: 06/28/2008

Publisher: Prometheus Books

How did we get to the point where we keep one eye on our Blackberry and one eye on our spouse-in bed? We can contact millions of people worldwide, so why is it hard to schedule a simple family dinner together? What can we do about it?

How did we get to the point where we "tweet" on vacation, text during family dinners, read e-mails during meetings and classes,

Overview

How did we get to the point where we keep one eye on our Blackberry and one eye on our spouse-in bed? We can contact millions of people worldwide, so why is it hard to schedule a simple family dinner together? What can we do about it?

How did we get to the point where we "tweet" on vacation, text during family dinners, read e-mails during meetings and classes, and learn about our spouse's day from Facebook? What can we do to reclaim our attention?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591026235
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
647,524
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction 11

Part I Lengthening Shadows: Exploring Our Landscape of Distraction

Chapter 1 Wired Love ca. 1880-Tracing the Roots of an Attention-Deficient Culture 29

Chapter 2 Focus-E-mailing the Dead and Other Forays into Virtual Living 45

Chapter 3 Judgment-Of Molly's Gaze and Taylor's Watch: Why More Is Less in a Split-Screen World 71

Chapter 4 Awareness-Portable Clocks and Little Black Boxes: The Sticking Point of Mobility 97

Part II Deepening Twilight: Pursuing The Narrowing Path

Chapter 5 Focus-Invisible Tethers: The Delicate Art of Surveillance-Based Love 127

Chapter 6 Judgment-Book and Word on the "Edge of Chaos" 153

Chapter 7 Awareness-The Post-Human Age: A Battle for Our Attention 183

Part III Dark Times ... Or Renaissance of Attention?

Chapter 8 McThinking and the Future of the Past 213

Chapter 9 The Gift of Attention-A Renaissance at Hand 237

Acknowledgments 267

Endnotes 269

Index 311

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