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Attention vs Distraction



Living our lives amongst and through technology, it’s a wonder that we get anything done. It is so easy to become distracted and turn to Facebook or Youtube as a means of procrastination when we’re supposed to be doing uni work!! It is perhaps quite important then to practise habits of attention such as through yoga and meditation.

Social media has become the ultimate tool in blurring the lines between the ‘public’ and ‘private’, a type of publishing attention, especially for the lives of celebrities and micro-celebrities (such as on Twitter and Instagram). See, already a quarter a way through my blog post I’ve already checked Facebook 3 times, changed the song on iTunes twice and made a phone call!! Okay make that Facebook 4 times…


Distractions are all around us [Credit: The Uniter. http://uniter.ca/view/8494/]

Distractions are all around us [Credit: The Uniter. http://uniter.ca/view/8494/%5D

The Commons

The commons act as an essential publishing means through which our attention is attracted or diverted and promotes a culture of creating, sharing and distributing creative works.

There are a myriad of social consequences of the commons; the media that shapes our attention that are supposedly private can sometimes have repercussions, such as apps like Snapchat where the photos are only supposed to last for 10 seconds or less but can actually be retrieved from the phone’s memory/archive.


A Thank You to Amazon for Inventing the Kindle


I’m so glad that the blog is on ereaders because quite frankly, I would be lost without my Kindle.

Without my Kindle, I would never have read over 45 books, and never have known my penchant for Swedish horror novels. My main reason for purchasing the Kindle over an iPad was the simple fact that it emulates a real book page instead of straining your eyes over an iPad.

I believe that Kindles and other ereaders are paving the way of the future for publishing. Our texts are becoming liquid; instead of a text that is printed again and again with new details, we have now single texts that are able to be changed in an instant. Wikipedia is a minefield of information; a plethora of details on science, technology, media, people, history, events and everything else in between.  Free publications are changing the world – all you need is an internet connection.

It’s amazing that as a small object, the humble Kindle and iPad can connect to the Internet and suddenly, you have a whole world of books and other publications at your feet, for half (and sometimes even more than half) of the price of the physical copy.

Gone are the days where you had to go to the bookstore, purchase it at some ridiculous price and then have to lug it around with you.

I remember deciding to read “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series again, of which I have the physical copies, and I just couldn’t take it around with me because they are just such huge books!

The day I received my Kindle!

The day I received my Kindle!