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.
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.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.