Digiphrenia: Because technology enables us to be aware of and have control over multiple conceptual spaces simultaneously, our attention is increasingly divided. Whether we are “multi-tasking” at work or piloting drone strikes in Afghanistan from a suburban office park in Las Vegas, we are not in the present moment (in a zen sense) but actually in fragments between moments that happen to be occurring at the same time. The key to avoiding these dislocation, Rushkoff suggests, is to understand the difference between time as data flow (like a Twitter feed) and time as data storage (like a book.) Knowing when to be in “the now,” and when to insulate yourself from it can help you reclaim control of your time and attention.
It’s shocking enough for The New York Times to report that it and other news organizations are now giving the White House and campaign sources from both parties quote approval – the ability to clean up, tighten up, tone down, rethink, and kill the embarrassing (and perhaps candid) bits from what they end up saying in print.
25 local news anchors reading the exact same awful intro script joke. Two thoughts:
1) What is actually going on here? Are they just reading press release copy on air?
2) Conan O’Brien is becoming our favorite press critic.
This is exactly why I don’t watch local news. This is not news. This is advertising disguised as news, and the news directors are not disclosing this fact to their viewers, even though it is in the middle of a news broadcast.