The Redemp­tion of Dis­trac­tion:

It would be fool­ish to decry all dis­trac­tion as if they them­selves were the root of our inter­mit­tent con­cen­tra­tion. Indeed, the issue is not that we allow too many dings, bells, and whis­tles to super­fi­cially inter­rupt our day, but that we do not ade­quately lever­age dis­trac­tion, like the chimes of the monas­tic, to pull us back to the effort of focussed labour.

That’s a fan­tas­tic way to look at it. via Pat Dryburgh

The distraction trope

The dis­trac­tion trope. Every new tech­nol­ogy brings dis­trac­tion, but only for a time. The dis­trac­tion will pass and won­der­ful pos­si­bil­i­ties await if we believe that the per­son next to us is not merely dis­tracted by the lat­est shiny toy.

I, Reader

“I, Reader” is a great essay about read­ing, books, and dig­i­tal devices. One of my favorite bits:

If you were to ask me what I thought I was doing in check­ing news sites on the inter­net as many as eight to 10 times per day, start­ing with the elec­tion in 2004, I would tell you I thought I was keep­ing myself safe. Espe­cially late at night, I felt like I was on night watch for the forces that would even­tu­ally put George Bush back in power one more time. It felt like a vigil.

Found via Dar­ing Fire­ball.