The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age

Book - 2008/06/01
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Random House, Inc.
In this gripping exposé of our cyber-centric, attention-deficient life, journalist Maggie Jackson argues that we are eroding our capacity for deep attention and mindfulness — the building blocks of intimacy, wisdom, and cultural progress. The implications for a healthy society are stark.

Despite our wondrous technologies and scientific advances, we are nurturing a culture of diffusion and detachment. With our attention scattered among the beeps and pings of a push-button world, we are less and less able to pause, reflect, and deeply connect.

In her sweeping quest to unravel the nature of attention and detail its losses, Jackson introduces us to scientists, cartographers, marketers, educators, wired teens, and even roboticists. She offers us a compelling wake-up call, an adventure story, and reasons for hope.

As the author shows, neuroscience is just now decoding the workings of attention, with its three pillars of focus, awareness, and judgment, and revealing how these skills can be shaped and taught. This is exciting news for all of us living in an age of overload.

Pull over, hit the pause button, and prepare for an eye-opening journey. More than ever, we cannot afford to let distraction become the marker of our time.

Baker & Taylor
Argues that advanced technology, multitasking, and the reliance on the Internet for information and social contacts has eroded the ability of people to focus on important priorities and connect with others on a personal level.

Book News
Technologically-drive information overload and distractions are causing fragmented attention and cultural decline, according to the author of What's Happening to Home? Balancing Work, Life, and Refuge in the Information Age (2002) and the "Balancing Acts" column in the Boston Globe. Jackson reviews relevant research that offers possible solutions. The book includes a foreword by Bill McKibben (The End of Nature), but it does not cite Nicholas Carr's similar argument in Is Google Making Us Stupid? Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2008/06/01
ISBN: 9781591026235
Branch Call Number: 306.0973 JAC
Characteristics: 326 p


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Dec 18, 2010

This book has a similar theme to the more well known author Nicholas Carr (The Shallows) that is how computers and particularly the internet are changing our lifes.

Don't be put off by her phrase "dark age". Reading this book provides further support for taking care of our precious humanity now and in the distant future for those who will follow.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at ELPL

To Top