FROM Manoush Zomorodi
How to Focus on One Thing in a Multitasking World? In our plugged-in world of constant distractions and never-ending emails, texts, and tweets, it’s hard to focus on just one task. UC Irvine researcher Gloria Mark has found that interruptions can cause increased levels of stress and anxiety. There’s simply too much information to consume and distribute; and that’s affecting our brains. Is the remedy single-tasking? And how can we mono-task in a multitasking world?
Web Roundup: “The Internet of Things” We’re getting closer and closer to the day when our cars, appliances, and even our own bodies are plugged into the Internet at all times. The idea is referred to as “the Internet of things.” It means our refrigerator can warn us when we’re almost out of milk, or our washing machines can order more laundry soap directly from Amazon. But also, our cars can tell our insurance companies exactly how fast we drive and our FitBits can send health information directly to our HMOs. This all could make our lives a little easier, but also scarier. We talk about that and more in our weekly web roundup.
Obama’s Millennial Media Tour and More Glozell Green calls herself “The Queen of YouTube,” and she’s one of three stars of the site chosen by the White House to pepper the president with questions in a live web stream this afternoon. We get more background on her, President Obama’s millennial-focused media blitz, and other Internet news in our weekly web roundup.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.
What does the Paris terrorist attack mean for Europe? There was another terrorist attack in Paris Thursday. A police officer was killed, two other officers were wounded, and the shooter was killed. Officials are calling the attack terrorism. There have been more than a half dozen terrorist attacks in France over the past two years.