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Matthew Crawford on Crisis of Attention

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How should we adapt and change in the face of unprecedented disruption to the world of work? It is tempting to dismiss disruption as yet another business fad. But nothing could be more wrong.

In this excerpt from the event 'How to Flourish in an Age of Distraction', Matthew Crawford discusses how public space has been auctioned off for private interest while the fields of view that haven't been captured for commerce seem to be getting fewer.

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  • A talk I appreciate. I would support the creation of advertising free zones in urban and residential spaces. I want to know what other people are up to so that when I have a need, I can look to see who might best be able to fill it. For that I would be willing to subject myself to advertising. But it would be so relaxing to to have to spend energy constantly tuning out ads.

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