The New Marketing reports an idea proposed by Jack Straw that members of parliament should be allowed to use mobile phones, PDAs and wireless laptops in the chamber of the House of Commons to increase poor attendance rates.
I can’t think of anything worse – how could they possibly concentrate on the topics of discussion if their minds are elsewhere?
There is a lot of online comment already regarding Continuous Partial Attention. This is said to result from trying to focus on too many information sources simultaneously leading to superficial attention rather than considered reflection.
But in the event that it does, apparently if the solution if a brain become overloaded is to rest – which provides a new excuse for all those parliamentarians caught having a nap whilst in the debating chamber.