Ray Bradbury passed away last week, leaving a legacy large and full of gems like this 2001 advice to writers. Care of Elise Hu, here is a snippet of a 2002 interview Bradbury did on NPR, portions of it unaired, relevant to our culture of distraction thread: But if we finally correct this in our […]
Two weeks ago I blogged about a radically simpler WordPress, a topic first broached with Anil Dash at the PaidContent conference. The full video from that conversation is now online and only about 20 minutes:
Via an excellent article by Dan Phiffer I came across this NY Times article Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era. Give both a read, it adds a new dimension to the culture of distraction.
From the Hacker News discussion of my Silicon-Valley-is-destroying-the-world remark I came across a Joe Kraus talk on We’re Creating a Culture of Distraction. (I’m a huge fan of Joe and excited to see he’s on WordPress now.) It’s also important to read Paul Graham’s Acceleration of Addictiveness where he compares addictive technology to alcohol and […]
Had an interesting chat with Anil Dash today at the GigaOM/PaidContent conference in NYC, here are some tweets from the talk: @rosso @photomatt As soon as the next bubble bursts (and I’m quite sure that it will), blogging is going to be bigger than ever. — Oliver Reichenstein (@iA) May 23, 2012 Q&A: @photomatt on […]
“Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries,” the French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote in the 17th century, “and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.” He also famously remarked that all of man’s problems come from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Pico Iyer on The […]
We are made to feel that at any point, somewhere on the globe, something may occur to sweep away old certainties—something that, if we failed to learn about it instantaneously, could leave us wholly unable to comprehend ourselves or our fellows. On Distraction by Alain de Botton. I’ll finish this later, I need to reload […]