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"the seductions of news websites constantly updating"

Reading: The Struggle
What I’m talking about is the state of constant distraction we live in and how that affects the very special energies required for tackling a substantial work of fiction—for immersing oneself in it and then coming back and back to it on numerous occasions over what could be days, weeks, or months, each time picking up the threads of the story or stories, the patterning of internal reference, the positioning of the work within the context of other novels and indeed the larger world. Every reader will have his or her own sense of how reading conditions have changed, but here is my own experience.
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posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 18, 2014 - 38 comments

Smarter, Happier, More Productive

Previously we worried Is Google Making Us Stupid?. Author Nicholas Carr has expanded that concern into a book, The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains. An interesting review, more of a discussion piece, from the London Review Of Books. (via)
posted by tumid dahlia on Mar 3, 2011 - 55 comments

Your Brain on Computers

Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jun 7, 2010 - 83 comments

Music is the food of intelligent life?

Music makes you smarter if you get an early start. Certainly debatable given the incredibly small sample, but perhaps it's a prelude to an emerging 21st-century collaborative scientific suite or symphony that can explain why we love music so much.
posted by persona non grata on Sep 20, 2006 - 22 comments

The Internet: breeding ground for goldfish-like attention spans.

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The Internet: breeding ground for goldfish-like attention spans.
posted by TiggleTaggleTiger on Feb 22, 2002 - 23 comments

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