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January 12, 2010

One Thing

Kevin Kelly @ The Technium on The 2-Billion-Eyed Intermedia
"The most important way the Internet has changed the direction of my attention, and thus my thinking, is that it has become one thing. It may look like I am spending endless nano-seconds on a series of tweets, and endless microseconds surfing between Web pages, or wandering between channels, and hovering only mere minutes on one book snippet after another; but in reality I am spending 10 hours a day paying attention to the Internet. I return to it after a few minutes, day after day, with essentially my full-time attention. As do you.
We are developing an intense, sustained conversation with this large thing. The fact that it is made up of a million loosely connected pieces is distracting us. The producers of Websites, and the hordes of commenters online, and the movie moguls reluctantly letting us stream their movies, don't believe they are mere pixels in a big global show, but they are. It is one thing now, an intermedia with 2 billion screens peering into it. The whole ball of connections — including all its books, all its pages, all its tweets, all its movies, all its games, all its posts, all its streams — is like one vast global book (or movie, etc.), and we are only beginning to learn how to read it.

Posted by Vanderleun at January 12, 2010 8:36 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Maybe this is the "One Thing" Curley was taking about in City Slickers.
Or maybe it was just: pull my finger.

Posted by: Ricky Raccoon at January 13, 2010 4:06 AM

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