Attention

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Full Title or Meme

For the commercial internet, the most valuable commodity is acquiring the Attention of the user's that are likely to spend money on whatever it might be that the commerce is selling.

Context

  • Privacy is the right to be let alone as defined in the late 19th century. [1]
  • As long ago as the mid-1980s Michael Goldhaber's "epiphany was this: One of the most finite resources in the world is human attention. To describe its scarcity, he latched onto what was then an obscure term, coined by a psychologist, Herbert A. Simon: 'the attention economy.'"[2]

References

  1. Warren and Brandeis The Right to Privacy (1890-12-15) Harvard Law Review http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/classes/6.805/articles/privacy/Privacy_brand_warr2.html
  2. Charlie Warzel, The Internet Rewired our Brains., New York Times 2021-02-07. pp. R4-5.