Your Attention Please

Tetris: The Games People Play
Tetris: The Games People Play

Box Brown

November 13, 2016

You live in an attention economy. From the moment, you wake up until the tile you go to bed, you're bombarded. By viral videos, news alerts, things trending on Facebook and exploding on the Internet. And that doesn't even include the endless onslaught of ads. How does it feel to know that the commodity everyone wants is inside your skull?  This hour, we focus our attention -- on attention. 

  1. Addicted to Adderall

    What's the perfect drug for a culture of distraction? Adderall. Sales of the prescription drug have increased exponentially and not always legally, especially to young adults. Casey Schwartz spent her twenties gulping down prescription stimulants to help her get through school and start her career.  She wrote about her experience in a story for "The New York Times Magazine" called "Generation Adderall."

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  2. The Attention Merchants are Getting Inside Your Head

    There's an entire sector of the economy run by people who are working diligently to get inside your head and harvest your attention? Does that creep you out?  They're called the Attention Merchants. And their business model consists of attracting your attention and then reselling it for profit. They're ad-based TV channels, clickbait producers and the big social media producers. Law professor Tim Wu is the author of "The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads." 

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  3. We're Short-Circuiting Our Attentiveness

    By now, it's almost commonplace to worry that the amount of time you spend on the Internet is actually rewiring your brain. But the first person to really put the issue on the cultural map was the writer Nicholas Carr -- in a book that's become a contemporary classic: "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains."

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  4. Why Wasting Time on the Internet is Time Well Spent

    Conceptual artist Kenneth Goldsmith teaches a class called "Wasting Time on the Internet" at the University of Pennsylvania. When he introduced the class, Goldsmith almost broke the Internet.  People expressed shock, dismay and curiosity. Now he's turned the book into a course called (what else) "Wasting Time on the Internet."

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  5. The Secret History of the World's Most Popular Video Game

    If you've spent any time playing Tetris, you've probably spent a lot of time playing it. Tetris is simple yet addictive.  Your job is to fit falling geometric blocks together so that there are no spaces between them. Box Brown has spent alot of time playing and thinking about Tetris. He's written and illustrated a graphic history of the world's most popular video game.  It turns out that Tetris has a fascinating backstory. 

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