{ brad brace } on Fri, 15 Jun 2001 05:11:22 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: Today, *attention* is the real currency of businesses and, individuals.

During the 1990's, for example, 15,000 new products were
introduced in grocery stores each year. Today the average
grocery store stocks about 40,000 different items, or stock
keeping units (SKUs). So, how do they get attention when the
average household buys only 150 SKUs per year? 

The number of dollars spent buying attention is about five
times all the profits made by U.S. grocery chains in 1999.

All-consuming attention seems to be a feature of what
psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls _flow

Members of the Secret Service scan crowds for individuals
looking in a different direction from the rest of the crowd. 

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