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Our Mental Space, Under Attack

Busy travel stage with people spooky with regulating intelligent phones and mechanism technology

Busy travel stage with people spooky with regulating intelligent phones and mechanism technology

Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions that concentration on conserving something. Some people oath to eat reduction junk food. Others will dedicate to saving some-more money.

Columbia University law highbrow Tim Wu has a thought for something else people should cruise conserving: attention. In his new book The Attention Merchants, Tim argues that a mental space is constantly being hijacked.

“You go to your mechanism and we have a thought you’re going to write only one email. You lay down and unexpected an hour goes by. Maybe dual hours. And we don’t know what happened,” Tim says.

“This arrange of obey of control over a lives speaks deeply to a plea of leisure and what it means to be autonomous.”

Companies trimming from Google to Fox News have found ways to squeeze a attention, package it, and afterwards make income off it by offered it to advertisers. On this week’s Hidden Brain, we plead a strategies newspapers, radio shows, and websites use to collect a attention.

Hidden Brain is hosted by Shankar Vedantam and constructed by Maggie Penman, Jennifer Schmidt, Rhaina Cohen, Parth Shah, and Renee Klahr. Our supervising writer is Tara Boyle. You can also follow us on Twitter @hiddenbrain, and listen for Hidden Brain stories any week on your internal open radio station.