Journalist Maggie Jackson is the author of 2008’s Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age. She recently talked with Russ Juskalian about the dangers of the divided attention span and how we might combat information overload.


Edited by Betwa Sharma

This article is part of the online supplement to the November/December print issue of the Columbia Journalism Review. To read that issue’s cover story, entitled “Overload!: Journalism’s battle for relevance in an age of too much information”, click here.

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Russ Juskalian is a contributor to The Observatory and a freelance writer.