Brian Phillips on Monolith Fatigue and the Attention Economy

Mike Janssen
Mike Janssen

One of my favorite creative nonfiction writers working today is Brian Phillips. I started reading him at Grantland (RIP), especially when he'd write about my favorite sport, tennis. (His essay collection, Impossible Owls, was a joy to read when it was released a few years ago.)

He has a new piece up on The Ringer on the monoliths (plural, apparently), that includes this great line on the way social media has warped our ability to wonder:

Wonder gets about 24 hours of play before repetition turns it into a gimmick.

The result, he says, is ever-increasing cyncism. And that feels about right for my experience of social media. Anyway, the whole thing is worth a read.

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