The focus on the war is fading in the whirlwind of social media


In her column in The New York Times last weekend, Maureen Dowd worried about what will happen if war distracts us Ukraine. “Do we have the attention span to focus on that? Russian descent into pure evil?” she asked. “We now live in a world full of distractions, with a blizzard of stimuli.” But what if the war in Ukraine is the distraction?

In February, provoked by a new book, I was working on a column about how big tech and social media are destroying our ability to focus. Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Be Careful by the British-Swiss journalist Johann Hari. And then Putin invaded Ukraine. I gave up that column, started a Twitter list about the war, and have now written seven columns in a row about it. The focus on the war is fading in the whirlwind of social media

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