Attention Economy

James Shelley poses an excellent question:

If everyone has everyone’s attention the value of attention is nullified. Thus to avoid mental bankruptcy, navigating an “attention economy” means saving, investing and being cunningly conscientious of your own attention. If you treated your attention as a monetary value, would you be considered broke, middle class or well-invested?

In regard to the Internet, services like Instapaper, Readability, and sites like Read & Trust will become more valuable as information continues to proliferate.