Rather than kids losing their attention spans there is a stronger case to be made that growing up digital is equipping today's youth with the mental skills that they'll need to deal with today's overflow of information.
We should all turn off the distractions -- the tea parties, cable news, blogosphere. Do you want mastery, success, admiration, all of the best things? Then go plow your own field. The world will take care of itself.
Obama's point IT's ability to distract us isn't that new technology allows for too many divergent views. It's that the internet narrows opinion to a few fairly predictable and easily reproducible one-liners.
When habitual distractions trump deliberate actions we focus on politics instead of policy, the selfish vs. the selfless, and the "urgent" vs. the important. We much change the action-distraction equation.
As we become more attuned to our bodies, we realize that often things only get that bad because we've been pushing ourselves too hard. Some conscious businesses give wellness days instead of sickness days.
During this moment of transition when budgets for long form journalism seem scarcer by the day, maybe looking to the classics or the public domain is one tiny way to keep our collective attention span in tact.
McCain has mastered the strategy of distraction and disengagement. His campaign has declared that personality is more important than the issues. But I'm not fooled. Here are some basic policy questions I want answered.