This article is a submission for the Budding Writers Scholarship Contest Instructions- Personal Essay.I won the Personal Essay category.
The history and business of trading Human Attention
The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu is about the history and business of how people trade human attention. Human attention is arguably the most precious commodity in modern history, so this book studies the different ways this valuable asset has been acquired and used over the years.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably not racist. But you might be complicit in racism.
I’m not saying this to judge anyone because:
- I myself have been complicit in racism before so I don’t want to be a hypocrite. (hence why I deleted my old tweets, you live and you learn)
- Nagging, lecturing and virtue signalling people rarely gets them to change their behavior
Two years ago, I was travelling to a developing country to do some charity work. My bags were packed, flights were booked, and my hotel was ready for check-in. Unfortunately, immediately I arrived at the airport, I had to cancel my trip.
One of the less-talked about benefits of reading is being able to “humble brag” about all the books you’ve read.
On a completely unrelated note, here are the best Books I read in 2019.
If one of your goals is to read more in the new year, you should start with these books.