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Conspiracy Theories, Cults, and the Attention Economy

Former theoretical physicist Michael Goldhaber predicted that a time would come when an information glut would make it harder and harder for people to focus their attention. He foresaw a world where everyone is desperately seeking their own audience, fracturing reality in the process. Our panel of mental health experts talk about a trend of rejecting the truth.

Guests: Psychiatrists Marc Whaley and Jonathan Schwartz, and social worker Ann Geagan.  Mindy Todd hosts.  

Here'sa link to a New York Times piece about the attention economy that was referenced during the show.

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.