“We lived in a world in which mass attention was mediated through the mass media, was necessarily public and not largely uniform. Everyone saw the same thing on the same media. Now we live in a world mediated by a few giant understaffed companies, individualized based on data collected on the individual user and not visible to the public, except as these platforms deign to let us know. Who is being shown what? How much? Why? We have little idea. These companies have our attention, and it’s a longer story why (though I’ve long-written about multiple parts of it: the business model, the network-effects, the power of sociality, the preferential-attachment dynamics (meaning winner-takes-more, which often evolves into winner-takes-almost-all)) and they’re selling it to advertisers—that’s how they make money—so they must keep us users on those sites. The crisis is a crisis of attention more than a crisis of speech. In many ways, rarely in human history has it been possible to speak more, to more people, with such ease.”
Month: November 2020
Brett’s Sound Picks: Anton Bruckner’s “Os justi” (1879/2020)
100 bpm 11.8
Resonant Thoughts: Shane Benzie’s “The Lost Art of Running”
“I was starting to realize something: the best way to create a body that moves beautifully is to move beautifully over and over again.
I realized that what we needed to do was change the default. To restore factory settings so that, as the runners’ fascial system rearchitected itself, it did so in a way that made their standard everyday running form a beautiful, efficient and elastic one.”
– Shane Benzie
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