new tools in general, and Twitter in particular, greatly challenge the binary dichotomy of attention as something that is either given or taken away, distracted. Instead, these tools allow us to direct attention to destinations where it can be sustained with more concentration and immersion.
Go read the whole piece: it is truly brilliant.
I also find it extremely interesting that Popova is using a technique in this piece that I have developed here, where I call out the most critical statements in my work. She’s using bold, while I make the fonts larger. In this way, a cursory scan read will still hit paydirt. She’s writing about the change in our attention and the job of curators, and certainly pulling out the central themes is one such job.
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