Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Peggy Glanville Hicks Address | The Australian

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The Peggy Glanville Hicks Address | The Australian: "In a time where information is available to us at any hour of the day, every day of the week, where news is not only broadcast and printed, it’s also twittered and facebooked, of what value is something which requires stillness, focus and concentration in order to be appreciated fully?

On planes, trains and buses, while driving, while out walking, or even when watching a game of sport, we are the recipients, willing or unwilling, of non-stop information. Some of it is very welcome – I myself have a great fondness for seemingly obscure cricket statistics – but some of it feels often like an invasion into one’s focus, a diversion of one’s train of thought. For some who subscribe to various conspiracy theories, the constant barrage of information may be felt to be an attempt to stop independent thought and to dictate not only styles and tastes, but also how and when thoughts should be actively engaged. It is non-stop and highly seductive – our attention is drawn hither and thither through a maze of news, advertisements, lifestyle tips, event marketing, celebrity flashes, sms’s, tweets, facebook postings, and the like – all of which are communicated in short, sharp, snappy slogans and sound-bites."