New! Updated Edition of Distracted with a New Preface Coming September 2018




The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age

Foreword by Bill McKibben

We have oceans of information at our fingertips, yet we seek knowledge in Yahoo headlines glimpsed on the run. We are networked as never before, but we connect with friends and family via email and fleeting face-to-face moments that are rescheduled a dozen times. Welcome to the land of distraction . . . read more

What's Happening to Home?

What’s Happening to Home?

Balancing Work, Life and Refuge in the Information Age

In our chaotic, high-tech age,the lines between work and home, public and private, are becoming increasingly blurred. In this changing time, Jackson explores the ever-changing role of home in our lives — and sets out to update our idea of home.

What’s Happening to Home?goes beyond debates about square footage and working moms, to shed . . . read more

The Digital Divide

Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking


This definitive work on the perils and promise of the social- media revolution collects writings by today’s best thinkers and cultural commentators, with an all-new introduction by Bauerlein . . . read more

Catching Our Eye: The Alluring Fallacy of Knowing at a Glance

An Essay by Maggie Jackson in The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism

For anyone interested in the intellectual fate of America, The State of the American Mind offers an accessible and critical look at life in America and how our collective mind is faring.

    In 1987, Allan Bloom’s wildly popular The Closing of the American Mind drew attention to the deterioration of the intellectual culture that had . . . read more