Friday, April 13, 2012

Attention. Too much information?

The number one job of any audio component, or for that matter any personal entertainment device, or education device, or information device... is to keep your attention.  For if it hasn't kept your attention, it might as well not be there.

How anything, or anyone, keeps your attention is by emitting information.  But it has to emit the correct kind and quantity of information.  Too much information, and you will turn off.  Too little and you will be bored and loose attention (which doesn't necessarily mean leaving, it could mean you just fall asleep).  And the correct quantity relates to the kind of information it is as well.

Any kind of playback device is, by necessity, a filter of information.  People choose the filters that provide them with the kind and quantity of attention they desire, though often this choice means simply accepting something that is there or recommended, and not turning away or falling asleep.

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