Alex Barnett is probably one of the most prolific bloggers on attention these days. I subscribe. He seems to be regularly investigating all kinds of takes on the subject. I just scanned his recent posts and ran across his post on spending some time with Steve Gilmor (who he refers to as the "Attention Tsar.") Apparently they discussed much on Attention but the theme returned to Steve's insistence that;
"Search is dead. The amount of viewing/listening time is finite. It's not about finding stuff; it's about throwing stuff away."
I also spent some time chatting 1:1 with Steve last week at an RSS Dinner during Ad Tech in SF sponsored by Pheedo. Steve dominated the discussion (go figure) and he made some good, and consistent points about what and how we pay attention to things. Steve and I agree on many points on this subject but sometimes it doesn't feel like it whenever I directly engage with him. What do they call it? "Violent Agreement?" Anyway, Steve G is spot on in my opinion. At Attensa we call it Information Overload. And yes, we need to throw more stuff away. It's a start anyway.