A Short Manifesto on the Future of Attention: The Schizoid Reader


(Photograph by Leander Johnson)

A Short Manifesto on the Future of Attention recently fell into alignment (by chance) with this other D.O. post from John Thackara;

“Emitting messages, however clever and evocative they may be, is not the same as being with real people, in real places, who are changing their lived material reality. That’s why I have a radical proposal: Consider speaking your words in a place rather than pressing “send.” … ( and one for Simon here) … Ivan Illich believed that our culture started to go off the rails in 1120, when monks stopped reading texts aloud to each other and became solitary scholars…”

This (as well as being directly mirrored by the way I’m collating all these sources and redistributing them) links (with varying degrees of tangential-ness) to a previous post about ways of thinking and processing information, the rise of the schizoid reader (unable or unwilling to process texts in a linear and ‘complete’ fashion) and the ahead-of-their-time work of the amazing Muriel Cooper and the MIT Media Lab. (from 1994 — see below)