Don’t Abandon the World | Attention Must Be Paid

Some of the best long form reading I have done of late has been on Medium including the Hans de Zwart one on Ai WeiWei  (and, apparently, on the entire universe of privacy).  I ran across another from my RSS feed this morning by Rob Walker, How To Pay Attention: 20 Ways To Win The War Against Seeing

I have ripped all 20 ways and bulleted them here for your consideration.  As we move from consumer to producer and from passive taker to active maker, I think they all bear translation into our lives as teachers and learners.  Every one of these is a touchstone to further thought and a manifesto to action.

Here are the ways to re-attend that Walker lists and discusses.  I really am using this as a way to get folks into this post.  There is so much more there.  These should just whet your tongue for the rest of the article.

  • Conduct an overlooked-object scavenger hunt …
  • a single-color scavenger hunt
  • Spot something new every day
  • Change Perspective
  • Reframe the familiar
  • Walk with an expert
  • Talk to a stranger
  • Let a stranger lead you
  • Take a day-long walk through an unfamiliar part of town
  • Poeticize the irritating
  • Look slowly
  • Look really, really slowly
  • Look repeatedly
  • Repeat your viewpoint
  • Just Listen
  • Soundmap
  • Follow the quiet
  • Look at anything besides your phone
  • Misuse a Tech Tool
  • Care for something

I will be returning to these bullet points all week by adding my own annotations to them using Diigo.  Here is the link to these ‘bonus tracks’ although now I am thinking of them more as  a ‘director’s commentary’:  If you want to join in the active annotation of this post, just join Diigo and then join the public and open Diigo Group that will allow that sharing:


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    …Or you got sucked in by a great click bait title. Not only does it have a How but it has a Number too!

    Thanks for recommendation. I am going over to read it. Since I began writing on Mecium I though it be fun to start an open journal there.

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    I like how this crosses over into teaching although it is firmly embedded in privacy and media studies disciplines. We are beginning to see the re-convergence of knowledge.

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