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The Attention Economy

“Every single action we take — calling our grandparents, cleaning up the kitchen or, today, scrolling through our phones — is a transaction. We are taking what precious little attention we have and diverting it toward something. This is a zero-sum proposition, he (Goldhaber) realized. When you pay attention to one thing, you ignore something else.”

– Michael Goldhaber, from “I Talked to the Cassandra of the Internet Age,” by Charlie Warzel