Digital Overload: Your Brain On Gadgets : NPR

This morning, NPR aired this “Digital Overload” interview with NYT’s Matt Richtel. It dovetails with the Times’s “Your Brains on Computers” series (latest installment here).

I heard only snippets of the NPR interview … because I was fiddling around online (doing “stuff”). Had I not been multi-tasking, I might have actually *listened* to the NPR story.

Makes me want to – and think I should – extend what I’ve dubbed “my self-imposed Facebook hiatus” a while longer.

Anybody else feel compelled to scale back online activity, even temporarily, as I’m doing, to help diminish digital overload?

Intriguing iPhone use, per NYT: digital music making. 

Will mobile phone orchestras supplant traditional instrumental ensembles?

Will such orchestras resonate with audiences – and with classically trained musicians and musicians of all music genres?

Key quote from the story: “… anyone with a cellphone could become a musician.”

For the classical music industry, the ability for anyone to create music on mobile phones could help to enhance the general public’s overall appreciation for music and the music-making process.

A potentially useful audience-development tool? Perhaps.

Will you download a Smule app (or other companies’ apps) onto your phone?