Attention Deficit

W. H. Auden christened the Age of Anxiety,

and many have spoken of the age of information,

but now it seems we’ve entered the age of attention-

deficit disorders: we browse, we skim, we surf

the Web, but we can’t keep our minds on anything for longer

than five or ten–what we were talking about?–minutes.

We know about everything, but we don’t actually

know anything, not deeply, at a level below the surface.

We wolf down information but don’t digest it;

we think we are thinking, but we do not seriously ponder

the meaning, the significance, the implications, for us,

for others, for the world that all of us inhabit.

 

Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper

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