Feb. 12th, 2014

wednesday_10_00: (books are good for you)
(Where's my Hipster Ariel icon?)

Goldfish have longer attention spans than Americans, and the publishing industry knows it

I heard this on Marketplace last night, and...I have some serious problems with it. Why is binge watching (or reading) equated with a short attention span? I'm sorry, doesn't it require a LONGER attention span to pay attention to one thing for that long? I don't get how "CONSUMER HUNGRY, WANT MORE" = short attention span, either. Wanting more is just...wanting more. (When I was in high school I would always finish whatever compulsory book we were reading for English class in a day or two, and then have problems in class because I was so far ahead. These weren't necessarily books I liked, mind you, I just don't know any other way to read than "all at once." So for me it's not even necessarily about wanting more.)

Even if binge consuming is due to a shorter attention span, as they pointed out in the piece, publishing smaller chunks at shorter intervals is hardly a new concept, so why is it assumed it's because our attention span is shorter NOW? Attention span had nothing to do with it a century ago, but magically now it does? How does that make sense? (Obligatory mention of the comic book industry, not to mention how EVERYTHING in published in shorter chunks in Japan.)

Ugh, whatever.

via [livejournal.com profile] insaneneko: I Like Big Trucks And I Cannot Lie: Cars, Trucks, And The Lady Brain

This, on the other hand, is hilarious. I'm never going to be able to go through a car wash again without thinking of sheepdogs.


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