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(Salon)   Thanks to Facebook, email, Twitter, and other websites, our minds are too distracted to finish most creative tasks, whether it's reading a book, paying attention to our children, working on that novel, or   (salon.com) divider line 29
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2014-08-17 12:27:35 PM  
TL; DR headline

I want want some nachos
 
2014-08-17 02:03:56 PM  
This can speak to a deeper psychological conSOMETHING SHINY
 
2014-08-17 02:04:50 PM  
Thanks to Facebook, email, Twitter, and other websites, television our minds are too distracted to finish most creative tasks, whether it's reading a book, paying attention to our children, working on that novel, or

FTFY

The 80s called and want their headline back.
 
2014-08-17 02:10:00 PM  
How else am I supposed to let everybody know that poop is coming out?
 
2014-08-17 02:10:04 PM  

The Flexecutioner: Thanks to Facebook, email, Twitter, and other websites, television our minds are too distracted to finish most creative tasks, whether it's reading a book, paying attention to our children, working on that novel, or

FTFY

The 80s called and want their headline back.


Thanks to record players... Thanks to the invention of the radio... thanks to Thorg's cave paintings...

Seriously.
 
2014-08-17 02:11:32 PM  
You're describing the bulk of human cognition on the best of days, Facebook has nothing to do with it.

Crap, the town well or general store was just as effective at distracting people with "social media" long before Facebook.
 
2014-08-17 02:15:31 PM  
our minds are too distracted to finish most creative tasks,

What is being created when you read a book? Memories?  That counts as a creative task these days?
 
2014-08-17 02:18:02 PM  
http://youtu.be/kl0tIsFwNWA?t=18m36s

Yes it is officially Bill Hicks Day!
 
2014-08-17 02:18:11 PM  
Interesting.  I work in an industry filled with creative minds, and they all seem to manage just fine with these distractions.  Maybe the rest of the world's snowflakes just aren't as creative as their Jackson Pollack-like skills seem to indicate?
 
2014-08-17 02:18:57 PM  
ThatBillmanGuy: thanks to Thorg's cave paintings...

Thorg was outed as Barg's alt after the great wildebeest hunt.
 
2014-08-17 02:20:15 PM  
....whether it's a reading a book, paying attention to our children, working on that novel, or rewatching that infuriating series finale of The -
FTFM.
 
2014-08-17 02:23:19 PM  
tl:dnr
 
2014-08-17 02:23:31 PM  

ThatBillmanGuy: The 80s called and want their headline back.Thanks to record players... Thanks to the invention of the radio... thanks to Thorg's cave paintings...
Seriously.

No. I never had such distractions from TV (which doesn't hold my attention at all), radios, even my ipod, with my very own music on it, isn't as distracting as the internet. I don't read as many books now, don't do most of the artsy-fartsy stuff I used to do. Because now when I sit down, my laptop is open on it.

/And now I am shutting it. Now. Leaving now.........
 
2014-08-17 02:41:02 PM  
 Thanks to Facebook, email, Twitter, and other websites, our minds are too distracted to finish most creative tasks, whether it's reading a book, paying attention to our children, working on that novel, or

 Thanks to Fark, Photoshop, email, and other websites, my mind is too distracted to finish working on that novel, or fapping.

(Tried to be funny. It just not there.)
 
2014-08-17 02:43:43 PM  

Benjimin_Dover: our minds are too distracted to finish most creative tasks,

What is being created when you read a book? Memories?  That counts as a creative task these days?


Came to say this.

While I am an avid reader, the most 'creative' thing I ever get out of reading is Inspiration.
 
2014-08-17 02:47:54 PM  
I'm currently working on a book, and I have no problems writing the material.  When I'm invested in something I'm interested in, I could really not be less interested in the brain-fart meanderings of people on Twitter or Facebook.  Same with reading books.  If it is something I enjoy, then I'll sit and read it in large chunks of time.  I would suggest that the problem is less that people are going to Facebook and Twitter because of short attention spans, but are rather doing so because they can't find anything of suitable quality.  In the book world, think about all of the absolute shiat that gets published every week.

\read Vandermeer's Annihilation in large chunks
 
2014-08-17 02:56:16 PM  
Fark conspicuously absent from subby's list...
 
2014-08-17 03:03:53 PM  
People have always been distracted by day to day things, and many people never had interest in "creative" paths. But with Facebook, Twitter, and other Internet sites, we get to hear from the now vocal minority.
 
2014-08-17 03:44:09 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: I want want some nachos


I can't remember what I had in mind when I hit 'reply', sorry.
 
Juc
2014-08-17 04:04:53 PM  
since when was reading a creative task?
you're just consuming someone else's creation.
 
2014-08-17 04:37:39 PM  
The reason you can't ever finish something creative is because it is easier to shiat on whatever someone else actually finished...
 
2014-08-17 04:50:36 PM  

Juc: since when was reading a creative task?
you're just consuming someone else's creation.


Benjamin Kane: Oh, you've worked in television?
Mrs. Vanderhoff: No, but I watch a lot of it.
Benjamin Kane: Of course you do. You're creative.
 
2014-08-17 05:11:19 PM  
To be fair, War and Peace is a monolithic tome that few can deal with.
 
2014-08-17 08:14:15 PM  
... so they're saying that everyone now had the attention span of my dog?
 
2014-08-17 09:23:44 PM  
But....but.....but.......MULTI-TASKING!!!!!!


/Squirrel!
 
2014-08-17 10:06:03 PM  

meat0918: To be fair, War and Peace is a monolithic tome that few can deal with.


You ain't just whistlin Dixie.  I haven't read that one in particular, but I'm about 9/10 done with Brothers Karamazov, and I never want to read another Russian novel again.
 
2014-08-17 10:21:17 PM  
I, WAS BORDED, WHEN, I SAW, ALL THE COMMAS AND DASHES!
 
2014-08-17 10:47:51 PM  
i disdain all forms of social media; except Fark of course. only Fark is responsible for my unfinished novel
 
2014-08-18 03:14:27 PM  

davynelson: i disdain all forms of social media; except Fark of course. only Fark is responsible for my unfinished novel


FARK:  The best of times and the worst of times.
 
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