ISSUE – July 31| The “attention economy” created by Silicon Valley is bankrupting us

Another week, another political crisis. We’ve had yet another few days of outrageous tweets from President Trump all designed, it seems, to monopolize the national conversation.

It’s all so predictably unpredictable — and what Tristan Harris, the co-founder of the nonprofit group Time Well Spent, calls a world dominated by the race for attention. According to Harris, an ex-design ethicist at Google who the Atlantic described as “the closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience”, we all “live in a city called the attention economy.” That’s what is shaping everything about contemporary life, Harris says, particularly our increasingly surreal politics.
[ Tech Crunch ]