Video Essay: Distraction

In this video essay for Fusion I take a journey to look at distraction and concentration through the ages, from Ancient Greece, to Mozart to the present day, in search of an answer to the perennial question: are our attention spans getting shorter? The conclusion is more complex than you'd expect - and also more worrying.

For this film I read several books about concentration and attention in the digital age, most notably Nicholas Carr's bestseller "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains". It's also influenced by Jaron Lanier's two books on the affect of the Internet on society, and is similar to several other films I've made in that it takes a more critical look at the long-term impacts of the web.