Weekend Reading – May 22, 2009

Posted on May 21, 2009

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Well, my original plan for putting out a Weekend Reading post every week hasn’t quite come together (yet), but I hope to be more consistent in the coming weeks and months.

In any case, I highly recommend an article from New York magazine entitled In Defense of Distraction by Sam Anderson. The article examines the very contemporary phenomenon of the “poverty of attention” and looks at both the positives and negatives of the hyper-multitasking lives most of us live.

Here’s one quote, which is from an interview with someone named Merlin Mann who, according to the article, is a lifehacking expert:

“Where you allow your attention to go ultimately says more about you as a human being than anything that you put in your mission statement,” [Mann] continues. “It’s an indisputable receipt for your existence. And if you allow that to be squandered by other people who are as bored as you are, it’s gonna say a lot about who you are as a person.”

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