This crisis of attention threatens our global society's ability to address and resolve increasingly complex international global conflicts at the highest level -- clashes that grow deeper and more intractable. This crisis of attention threatens to keep ups from controlling true diplomatic and other disputes.
It's the season of dance and piano recitals, of high school and college graduations, of award ceremonies, of endless summer little league games. We are busy with celebrations, installations, lectures, plays, meetings, seminars, dinners. But why, for goodness sakes, does everything have to be so long?