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The looming attention crisis

November 4, 2005

Fred Wilson has a great post about the problems of content proliferation.

“I joked recently that I am giving my family “continuous partial attention”. They don’t like that and demand more. And I give them more. Blogs and web services can’t demand more attention very easily. So they get less.

Most of us have day jobs. Many of us have families. So we have a limited amount of attention left. And I suspect we are consuming most of it with what we’ve got on our plates today. So where does the attention come for the next wave of blogs and web services? From the old ones, I guess. In my case, its not going to come out of my family’s attention allocation or my firm’s.”

It makes a nice companion to a piece Influx wrote last month.

Thanks for your attention.

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