In practice, the Internet functions more frequently as a hive of distraction, a simulated world through which most of us flit from one context to the next, from Facebook post to Tumblr feed to YouTube clip, from ego moment to snarky rant to carnal wormhole. The pleasures of surfing the Web — a retreat from sustained attention and self-reflection — are the opposite of those offered by a novel.

Steve Almond 

More value gets extracted with long-term focus, not immediacy.  

The Internet is full of headlines, which aggregated together make a complicated, whimsical book that can’t even be remembered.    

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.