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Byung-Chul Han // "We owe the cultural achievements of humanity…to deep, contemplative attention. Culture presumes an environment in which deep attention is possible. Increasingly, such immersive reflection is being displaced by an entirely different form of attention: hyperattention. A rash change of focus between different tasks, sources of information, and processes characterizes this scattered mode of awareness. Since it also has a low tolerance of boredom, it does not admit the profound idleness that benefits the creative process… A purely hectic rush produces nothing new. It reproduces and accelerates what is already available."