What if we saw attention in the same way that we saw air or water, as a valuable resource that we hold in common? Perhaps, if we could envision an “attentional commons,” then we could figure out how to protect it.
The idea of “attention commons” is a good one. As I get ready to take a plane, I am in that low-level state of panic about the bombardment of ads that will start when I enter the allegedly public space at the airport.
I am going to do some writing about this idea. It makes me think of Jaron Lanier’s “you are not a gadget.” http://www.jaronlanier.com/