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February 13, 2012
Let’s see, Discus, technical name, “Symphysodon spp.,” are a genus of three species of cichlid freshwater fishes native to the Amazon River basin, which is the second longest river to the Nile — hmm, although there is some debate that the Nile may not be…
What was that fish again?
Author Steven Berlin Johnson, if I understand this correctly, claims there’s so much information overload out there, you’re constantly moving to the next stream, which lets you cast a wider net, but also runs the risk of keeping you from really getting to know your fish.
(Metaphorically speaking, unless your subject is, of course, fish.)
Continuous partial attention (CPA) was coined by Linda Stone in 1998 and is the process of paying simultaneous attention to a number of sources of incoming information, but at a shallow level.
It all leads, experts say, to halfway thinking and uncompleted tasks.
And to think I once called it a short attention span.
Probably it’s a result of my CPA.
Information overload is not new.
English author Barnabe Rich writing in 1613:
“One of the diseases of this age is the multiplicity of books; they doth so overcharge the world that it is not able to digest the abundance of idle matter that is every day hatched and brought forth into the world.”
I doth think it’s all relative.
We've clearly always been distracted.
Is the Internet getting a bum rap for the natural proclivity of Man?
Anyway, let's prove them wrong by staying on the subject, whatever it is.