5 years ago, they would have just occurred to me. Not sure what would have happened then.
Today, I must express. I must share my views. Partially because there is a reward for doing so, in the form of self-promotion and praise if my thoughts are good. Partially because we don’t want to lose those thoughts. Sorry, I don’t want to lose those thoughts.
And this is the very point of his article. I am distracted. Not only can we barely do any long form thinking, we can barely read anything long of substance.
This is not just merely because of all of the stimulation that Joe discusses at length. It’s also a matter of access.
Access to publishing AND DISTRIBUTION tools that LET us express ourselves (and distribute that expression that solicits the praise and feedback from thousands of other people) so quickly is what has changed. We always had distracting thoughts. We even had distracting publishing media. But now we have distracting distribution media.
Whether or not this distribution is merely distracting is unlikely. It IS distracting. But is is also productive for some. But not for many.