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Tech platforms are where public life is increasingly constructed, and their motivations are far from neutral » Nieman Journalism Lab
Note that I haven’t asked: “What’s the impact of technology on society?” That’s the wrong question. Platforms are societies of intertwined people and machines. There is no such thing as “online life” versus “real life.” We give massive ground if we pretend that these companies are simply having an “effect” or “impact” on some separate society.
platforms  democracy  community  advertising  attention  regulation  society  lens 
9 hours ago by laurakalbag
Attention Is All You Need - YouTube
Yannic's explanation.

The basic thing is the transformer.
transformer  attention 
11 hours ago by gideonite
The Information Diet — Future Crunch
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s probably time to start changing the way
you eat the internet
attention  reading  information  culture  health  media 
2 days ago by e2b
Stanford psychology expert: The No. 1 work skill of the future
The most important skill of the 21st century
The workplace is rapidly changing, and in the near future, there will be two kinds of people in the world: those who let their attention and lives be controlled and coerced by others and those who proudly call themselves “indistractable.”
most  important  skill  stanford  psychology  expert  attention  focus  distraction  indistractable 
3 days ago by bekishore
My Adventures in Psychedelia
Researchers seeking to use psychedelics for therapeutic purposes talk about the verisimilitude and intensity of the experience. They think the effect is caused by a temporary shutdown of the “default mode network”—the parts of the brain that allow us to ruminate, to remember the past, and to imagine the future. At the same time, new neural connections are forged, which may explain the sense of heightened awareness, the feelings of oneness and the synaesthesia that some experience (the mixing up of senses, in which a sound may be “seen” or a sight provoke the sensation of touch). This may explain why a single psychedelic trip can sometimes alleviate even severe, refractory depression. Depressed people commonly say that they are unable to wrench their attention away from repetitive, miserable thoughts, and that they no longer feel pleasure. A trip may permit a re-set, breaking painful mental habits and giving sufferers an opportunity to see beauty again, to experience joy.
psychology  health  attention  from instapaper
5 days ago by ayjay
Tech platforms are where public life is increasingly constructed, and their motivations are far from neutral » Nieman Journalism Lab
By “making meaning through media,” I mean this: how people who will never meet face-to-face discover, argue about, and manage collective life, and the stakes involved in our interconnections — how communication make publics.
media  technology  public  communications  democracy  politics  power  attention  identity  presence  reputation  social  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
5 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Why American Honey director Andrea Arnold is one of today's greatest filmmakers - Vox
The British director seems to harbor a great fondness for the invertebrate set, cutting away to a close-up of a moth here, a creepy-crawly there. Arnold’s films are marked by involvement with the natural world, but bugs are her favorite, and they show up between and during scenes to evoke moods and characters’ feelings.
women  attention 
7 days ago by Vincennes
Twitter
RT : Ours is an age where is precious, and has been abused. When you treat others’ attention with…
trust  attention  from twitter_favs
8 days ago by dtomoff
Crosby 'brick beach' Blitz secrets revealed by student - BBC News
"I can see people's lives, people's homes amongst this rubble," said Ms Marsh, who is compiling a research project for her degree, at the University of Durham, based on her searches at the beach.
women  attention 
10 days ago by Vincennes
Digging and scratching - Austin Kleon
DJ Shadow and Twyla Tharp on how to find ideas.
creativity  searching  attention 
12 days ago by sjmarshy
"See bike, say bike"
This is useful advice, on how to avoid the SMIDSY, or "Sorry mate, I didn't see you", accident type.
When we looked at what predicts whether you do remember the motorbike, it's not whether you looked at it, or how long you looked at it for, it's what you do afterwards. So the more things you look at after the motorbike, the more likely you are to forget it. Now that looks like forgetting, not a failure to attend to it in the first place. [...]

it looks as though this error is a limitation in short term memory. Now what we do know about short term memory, and we've known since the 1960s, is that you've got two types of short term memory that are essentially independent systems. You've got visuospatial working memory, for the things you look at and you've got phonological short term memory. That's a verbal form of store for things you say. The two are separate. So I've suggested that if you're at a junction and you see a motorbike or a pedal cycle coming, you just say aloud or under your breath, “bike”, that will automatically encode it in phonological working memory. That gives you extra capacity, essentially doubling the amount of stuff you can remember. See bike, say bike could be a simple intervention that might make a big difference.
memory  cycling  safety  roads  driving  smidsy  accidents  attention  brain 
12 days ago by jm

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