Brennen has managed to distill a crucial, often unnoticed aspect of digital communication in his post, the one about the real problem of networked text communication. His post is lucid, descriptive, flowing, and terrifically important.

His post uses a beautiful metaphor to describe the tendency amongst connected geeks to cycle amongst multiple input streams, because there’s always something new to read. Maybe it’s an e-mail, maybe it’s an article on slashdot, maybe your buddy in Nevada is back online. Whatever. And I actively dislike that cycle.

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