Saturday, April 22, 2023

First Paragraph

The idea of writing this book gained strength one day when I swiped my bank card to pay for groceries. I watched the screen intently, waiting for it to prompt me to do the next step. During the following seconds it became clear that some genius had realized that a person in this situation is a captive audience. During those intervals between swiping my card, confirming the amount, and entering my PIN, I was shown advertisements. The intervals themselves, which I had previously assumed were a mere artifact of the communication technology, now seemed to be something more deliberately calculated. These haltings now served somebody's interest.

- From The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an  Age of Distraction by Matthew B. Crawford

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