part goddess, part mountain goat
attention : the future of attention
"In 1971, the oft-quoted political scientist Herbert Simon predicted that in an information age, cultural producers (that's designers, but also filmmakers, theater types, musicians, artists) would quickly face a shortage of attention.
"What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients," he wrote.
The more information, the less attention, and "the need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it."
Now we have a wide-ranging discussion about what is and what can't be free (Malcolm Gladwell on Chris Anderson, Virginia Postrel on Chris Anderson), which is basically about the future of profit.
Maybe we should be considering a dilemma of a human nature: the future of attention.
Because there's a connection between the two."
~ Michael Erard
Untitled ~ Graham Little ~ 2005
text via the great nadim with thanx.