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Professor Natalie Phillips Redefines the Age of Distraction in _The Chronicle of Higher Ed_
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Phillips Distraction.jpgVisit The Chronicle of Higher Education this week to read Assistant Professor Natalie Phillips's redefinition of the age of distraction, "A Crisis of Short Attention Spans, 250 Years Ago." Debunking the narrative of modernity as an era of increasing distractions amid increasing technological developments, Phillips reminds readers that distraction is nothing new: "If we complain today of media, and social-media, oversaturation, writers then worried about industrial, vocal, and literary tumult," she argues. For more of Phillips's research and writing on the history of distraction, see also her recent book from Johns Hopkins University Press: Distraction: Problems of Attention in 18th Century Literature (2016).