Tag: the new yorker

The culture of imprisonment

With typical aplomb, Adam Gopnik explores the problem of our booming (read: privatized) industrial-prison complex. Though elegantly stated, Gopnik’s argument is nothing new. It’s good to see it discussed openly in a renowned national magazine. And I say it’s nothing new as part of my disgust with the culture of imprisonment and our general nonchalance about the…

The Distraction Muscle

James Surowiecki in “In Praise of Distraction” points to distractions, at least temporary, scheduled ones, like the coffee break (an interesting connection — though the stimulant coffee is not addressed so much as the break) as actual productivity enhancers: “…as the psychologist Roy Baumeister puts it, will power is like a muscle: overuse temporarily exhasts it.…

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