Thanks to Facebook friend Ron Lusk for sharing this article from Wired.com: “The Crisis of Attention Theft: Ads That Steal Your Time for Nothing In Return”
Pull-quote: “…in overstimulated lives, moments do matter, and indeed sometimes few things matter more than a few chosen minutes of silence. The important question is the aggregate effect of all of these various intrusions on both our health and that precious thing known as autonomy.”
And the generation before mine grew up with nothing more obnoxious than roadside Burma-Shave ads.
Is it a coincidence that, in a time when we are being force-fed ads, and denied so much as an “off” button, we’re also being told what we must believe about politicians, religion, foreign countries, etc? Is it a coincidence that voices of dissent and change — like those found in the Green Party, the American Solidarity Party, or the Jesuits for that matter — are consistently marginalized or ignored?
If you doubt the power and pervasiveness of ads today, try this experiment: see if you can get through an entire day without seeing the words “Xfinity” or “Verizon”. I tried every day for a month before I admitted failure.
Did you ever agree to give these corporations this much real estate in your mind? I know I didn’t.
The constant 24/7/365 over-stimulation of every person in the Western world can’t be healthy mentally, psychologically, or spiritually.
Awareness is a start. Next steps?