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The Twittering Machine VII: We Are All Scripturient

If life is defined by what we attend to, then an attention economy converts life into raw material for extraction. The economic model for this extraction is addiction. Addictions work, almost behind our backs, through a thousand small decisions. What began as diversion comes to have veto power over all other hopes, loves, passions. So we find ourselves writing more than ever before in human history, at work, during our toilet breaks, in commutes, at dinners and dates, before bed and as soon as we wake up. We are scripturient, possessed by a violent desire to write. We must reclaim that passion from the social industry. We must, like the Luddites, free ourselves from the machine.

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