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Escaping the Onslaught

In her third essay, writer Madeleine Bunting recalls how she regained her ability to pay deep attention by cutting herself off from the sensory overload offered by digital media.

In the third in her series of essays, writer and journalist Madeleine Bunting grapples with what happens when our bodies and minds can no longer sustain the sensory onslaught offered by digital media, with countless items constantly competing for our attention. For Madeleine herself, the only way to regain her ability to pay deep attention and articulate complex ideas was to cut herself off from digital media for a while; and she recalls how she regained her ability to write during a long and lonely trip to the beaches of the Outer Hebrides.

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