The Pursuit of Attention – Quotes

The pursuit of attention is now emerging as one of the electric organizing principles of American life. Not only are people pursuing attention in new ways, but there is evidence that we have begun to restructure our culture – including even our politics and economy – around the idea of attention as a glittering ultimate recognition and reward. Celebrities are the icons, but the pursuit of attention is now being diffused and institutionalized, hardwired into our beings through new systems of media, business, and technology, and fueled by new, aching deprivations that prey on our psyches. The result is a spreading virus of prosaic but dehumanizing behavior that subtly alienates us from one another and turns daily interactions into a veiled competition for recognition and respect.

– Introduction to The Pursuit of Attention, second edition, by Charles Derber. 1979, 2000

All my stripper friends
All my ex-boyfriends
We all want the same thing
We all want the same thing
Parties in the bar, reaching for the stars
We all want the same thing

All My Stripper Friends, Tila Tequila

Seth Godin is a Block Head Trying to Control Attention with Frames

SethgodinframedOh the irony.  A guy who wrote a book called "Permission Marketing" is trying to control his visitors with a framed web site

For the non-technical, frames are when the URL never changes even if you try to click out of the site.  Think of it as a window with someone running around constantly holding the window frame in front of your face with their logo at the top.  It is an attempt to control and Seth you do not have my permission to try to control the relationship.  A conversation requires respect.

The irony is I was trying to show respect and was smited by his frames.  Why have permalinks if you can’t see them?  Why direct people to http://erniemosteller.typepad.com/ if the URL doesn’t change from http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/blog.html?  What are you thinking?

I will continue to respect on my side, please meet me half way. In short, the code below is bad.  Ignorance of etiquette is no excuse.  Please remove the frames dude. 

<html>
<head>
<title>Seth Godin: Agent of Change</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
</head>
<frameset rows="0,*" frameborder="NO" border="0" framespacing="0">
  <frame name="topFrame" scrolling="NO" noresize src="blog/btop.html" >
  <frame name="mainFrame" src="http://sethgodin.typepad.com">
</frameset>
<noframes>
<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF" text="#000000">
Sorry, You need a browser that can display frames in order to view this page.
</body>
</noframes>
</html>