Communication duality ?
by Thiyagarajan Maruthavanan (Rajan)
Information & attention exhibit kind of a duality in an economic sense. There was a time ( ice age according to Information revolution timeline 🙂 ) when information was scarce( relative) & attention was abundant but now the situation is changed upside down because of technological disruption( internet & also contributions by other distribution networks like newspaper, TV , radio etc etc ). Now information is (over) abundant but the relative attention is scarce.[Note the word relative, human attention as such is fixed it is the relative attention given to each blob of information that has reduced greatly]
Now this is what I meant by duality b/w them. Smart entreprenuers have arbitraged and build attention allocators , lots of examples de.lic.ous, maemorandum. wondir etc.
Well anyway this post is not about 🙂 what I am wondering though is what is it that we can call as the dual of communication in simillar sense. well attention is going to be a part of that thing but that I suspect will not fully complete.
Communication was scarce since ages ( human messenger, pigeons, telegraph, post, radio, phone etc ) but again with disruptions brought by technology this is changing (more than 1 billion cellphones in the world, tariffs crashing and a charge for a call steadily approaching zero). In a couple of years we will have a situation where communication will be abundant so what is its duality which is going to be scarce then ?