Wednesday, November 01, 2006

pulling next into now

A long time ago I interviewed for a "personal librarian" job with "digerati" celeb and futurist Linda Stone, who I've just learned has put up a wiki on continuous partial attention. Different from multi-tasking, continuous partial attention apparently feeds our desires to not miss anything. In "small doses" it's considered a "healthy behavior" but when we're always only paying partial attention, we "contribute to a feeling of overwhelm, over-stimulation and to a sense of being unfulfilled." Add it all up and we have some decisions to make about our place in these cultural changes.

Needless to say, I did not get the job. Perhaps it's because I haven't quite figured out how to do something "continuously" yet also in "small doses". It is tricky, isn't it? But I like the idea of trying to find that balance where my own techno-attention is concerned. If only I knew now what Linda knows next.

2 comments:

linda said...

I love your post and I'll try to keep you posted on what I know next! Did you interview for the assistant job that Tamara wound up getting? Everyone who interviewed was fantastic! An embarrassment of riches. Nothing personal. Cheers.

Chrystie said...

Linda! How lovely to see you here! Not personally taken, of course. I wound up finding exactly where I needed to be. Thanks for your comment...