Erin Anderssen shows that newspapers in Canada are still able to write about something other than Rob Ford: she has a long piece in the Toronto Globe and Mail about digital overload:
In these information-overloaded days, the game is on, to quote Sherlock, and the prize is our eyeballs.
Software companies and app developers are desperate to grab our attention. Scientists are studying how to capture it. Bosses, worried about lost productivity, are keenly trying to focus it. Even our live-blogging, picture-sharing friends are looking for a piece of it. Never has our gaze been so carefully measured or so highly coveted.
But if our attention is so valuable – a finite resource in a land of perpetual interruption – then why do we give it away so carelessly?
Yes, I’m quoted in it, but so are a number of other people, all worth reading or reading about.