Sharanya Murali

Left on ‘read’

When I googled ‘reading attention span’, the internet reassured me that I must be seeking diagnosis for my own personal crisis—which surely must be a shortened attention span—but also that this crisis by no means singular. The top results were predictable but haunting: “How can I improve my attention span while reading?”, “Before the internet broke my attention span, I read books” and most menacingly, “short attention span: signs, causes and ways to pay”, which pathologized what I thought was a mere feature of late-stage capitalism: our bodies rewiring to gobble atomised instances of...

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