I’ve written a fair bit about the Attention Economy and it is always good to see it “getting attention”. It is an important topic, and one that will have a major impact on all of our lives.
And so it is heartening to see Alex Iskold tackle the topic on Read/WriteWeb, but other than giving a good overview he does not take the conversation forward in any meaningful way.
I’m not sure I agree with his prognosis that “to enable individuals to control the information which is currently locked in silos all over the web is a daunting and somewhat unapproachable task“. Look at what Skype has done to the telco industry — putting walls in front of entrepreneurs is a bad thing (for walls).
I’m also not sure I agree that the Attention Economy needs a strong organization to force it along. Sure, to change the status quo we need a catalyst, but my gut says it’s more likely to be via an attention-czar-induced-uprising by the people.