Distracted The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age

ISBN-10: 1591027489
ISBN-13: 9781591027485
Edition: 2009
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Description: Distracted is a gripping expos of this hyper-mobile, cyber-centric, attention-deficient life. Day by day, we are eroding our capacity for deep attention the building block of intimacy, wisdom, and cultural progress.

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List price: $32.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 6/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 327
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Distracted is a gripping expos of this hyper-mobile, cyber-centric, attention-deficient life. Day by day, we are eroding our capacity for deep attention the building block of intimacy, wisdom, and cultural progress.

Michael Foreman was born in Pakefield, Suffolk on March 21, 1938. At the age of fifteen, Foreman began to study art. His first children's book was published while he was still a student. He earned his M. A. from the Royal College of Art and since then, has written and/or illustrated many children's books. After leaving art school Michael traveled all over the world making films and television commercials. He has also worked on magazines, book jackets, animated films, and TV ads. He even worked for the police, sketching criminals described by witnesses. Foreman has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice, the Smarties Book Prize, The Kurt Maschler Award, the Children's Book Award, the Bologna Book Prize and the Francis William's Illustration Award twice.

Bill McKibben grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. After quitting this job, he soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Several editions have come out in the United States, including an updated version published in 2006. His next book, The Age of Missing Information, was published in 1992. It is an account of an experiment: McKibben collected everything that came across the 100 channels of cable tv on the Fairfax, Virginia system (at the time among the nation's largest) for a single day. He spent a year watching the 2,400 hours of videotape, and then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. This book has been widely used in colleges and high schools, and was reissued in 2006. McKibben's latest book is entitled, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Bill currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. 030

Foreword
Introduction
Lengthening Shadows: Exploring Our Landscape of Distraction
Wired Love ca. 1880-Tracing the Roots of an Attention-Deficient Culture
Focus-E-mailing the Dead and Other Forays into Virtual Living
Judgment-Of Molly's Gaze and Taylor's Watch: Why More Is Less in a Split-Screen World
Awareness-Portable Clocks and Little Black Boxes: The Sticking Point of Mobility
Deepening Twilight: Pursuing The Narrowing Path
Focus-Invisible Tethers: The Delicate Art of Surveillance-Based Love
Judgment-Book and Word on the "Edge of Chaos"
Awareness-The Post-Human Age: A Battle for Our Attention
Dark Times ... Or Renaissance of Attention?
McThinking and the Future of the Past
The Gift of Attention-A Renaissance at Hand
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
Index

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