Welcome to Paid Attention

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    Another notification to my inbox?

    Yes, another notification, and hopefully a notification that brings you joy, reminds you to slow the fuck down, to log off every so often.

    2021 thus far, has been a lot. I’m not going to expand on this at the current moment (scroll twitter or read one of the hundreds of headlines if you care for any elaboration), but it feels awkward and trite to not acknowledge the world that we’re living in in a newsletter published in the middle of it all.

    Originally, this newsletter started as a way to critique and think more about how we use tech, and discuss the different nuances between tech and journalism, but the more I threw myself into the world, the more that I realized I don’t know if that’s the problem I’m most concerned about (but yes, still one that I’m largely interested in and keeps me up at night).

    While yes, there are problems in tech, and yes there are problems in journalism, there are also problems in fishing, and in healthcare and in stock markets and in air pollution, and tech bros and overall problems across a few different boards.

    erin for tech is now paid attention

    The problem isn’t the problems in itself — the problem is where our attention is currently being charged. We’ve paid attention to the tech bros, we’ve paid attention to the policies, we’ve paid our due diligence at times, but now we’re all just broke.

    Join me, in a hyper-nuanced, self-discovery journey on how the tools, the tech, and the systems that we exist, are part of history repeated.  An analysis in how we pay attention, report on and discuss these topics, but largely just end up spent.

    what you can expect

    infrequent musings on the inner workings of the attention economy, what this has to do with how we work, play, and live our lives, the simple acts of resistance of creating just to create, and how to avoid feeling spent.

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    Erin Mikail Staples

    Erin Mikail Staples

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    brooklyn, nyc