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What Will You Click On Next? Focusing Our Attention Online
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What Will You Click On Next? Focusing Our Attention Online

What Will You Click On Next? Focusing Our Attention Online

In a recent conversation on the Forum talk program, Rheingold stresses the importance of intention when it comes to managing digital noise. Knowing that every click will likely to lead to a chunk of time spent on what follows will help people decide if that’s worthwhile. Every click counts.

“I think [there's] this matter of meta-cognition, of knowing where you’re putting your attention,” he told Michael Krasny on Forum. “You need to make decisions. ‘Am I going to click on that link? Am I going to maybe open a tab for it on my browser and look at it later? Am I going to bookmark it to look at it much later or am I going to ignore it?’ You need to make those decisions consciously and I think most of us make them unconsciously… We wouldn’t have so many cute cat videos if people didn’t click on impulse.”


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I try and remain conscious of my browsing at all times. I usually have a couple dozen tabs open and I usually put the links in 'read later' text files to prioritize what I read. Browsing SS doesn't exactly help on that front...
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(12-09-2013 02:30 PM)Trar Wrote:  I try and remain conscious of my browsing at all times. I usually have a couple dozen tabs open and I usually put the links in 'read later' text files to prioritize what I read. Browsing SS doesn't exactly help on that front...

Haha, there's important text on SS. Razz

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I have a bookmark folder where I put stuff I didn't have time to read, to read later.

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(12-09-2013 02:45 PM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  I have a bookmark folder where I put stuff I didn't have time to read, to read later.

How often do you go there and catch up?

Does it just accumulate, or do keep up with it on some kind of regular basis?

This whole question if information overload is a big interest of mine. There are so many things to keep up with, especially if you follow, circle, and join a large number of information-sources.

Then there's the step of reflecting on past sequences of information-exploration, possibly re-reading or re-watching past content and conversations, and asking how it all fits together. Smile

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It accumulates but mostly because I forget to erase the bookmark after reading. However, I usually have random cleaning sessions of my PC and spend a few minutes or up to an hour removing unnecessary junk. Got to save space.

But Wikipedia is a killer with overload. Ill go in with India and come out with the Neolithic age on the British Isles. How I get there? Hell if I know because Ill soon be moving onto South American car manufacturers...

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My bookmarks started a long time ago as a place for my favorite sites, and is now a place for favorite sites and...stuff I want to read later that I didn't put in a text file. It's going to be Hell cleaning it out.
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Quote:But Wikipedia is a killer with overload. Ill go in with India and come out with the Neolithic age on the British Isles. How I get there? Hell if I know because Ill soon be moving onto South American car manufacturers...

I swear, my mind did not make you and xcriteria up.

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I was once reading about Hitler, then I found myself reading about sewing and thread counts.

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(12-09-2013 03:54 PM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  But Wikipedia is a killer with overload. Ill go in with India and come out with the Neolithic age on the British Isles. How I get there? Hell if I know because Ill soon be moving onto South American car manufacturers...

The trope for this: Wiki Walk Smile

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(12-10-2013 05:52 AM)xcriteria Wrote:  
(12-09-2013 03:54 PM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  But Wikipedia is a killer with overload. Ill go in with India and come out with the Neolithic age on the British Isles. How I get there? Hell if I know because Ill soon be moving onto South American car manufacturers...

The trope for this: Wiki Walk Smile

To make matters crazier, I've become accustomed to using the "category:" link at the bottom of the page, which means I'll have a central list of topics. Basically I went from arithmetic growth of links, to geometric.

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I stopped reading at the 'good old pencil and paper' nonsense.

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This matter is interesting to note because it applies to what SS threads I do and don't want to read. Lol

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I think we need to start advertising online. Perhaps on sites where a lot of youth frequent. I'd imagine we'd piss off a lot of people off, but I've never heard of a revolution without controversy.

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