Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Expect an Avalanche of Information

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Expect an Avalanche of Information

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There are people alive today who can remember when mobile phones appeared only in science fiction films and iPods were a spelling mistake.

If they had heard repetitive, tinkling sounds while sitting on the bus, they'd have thought it was tinnitis and sought the help of a doctor.

And someone talking away as they walked alone in the street would have been considered in urgent need of more medical help.

That, though, was when those in search of distraction while they were out and about had to find it within themselves or indulge in some reading. Now there are plenty of electronic gadgets to take refuge in. But while it's easier than ever to avoid noticing what's happening around us, a pair of Northumbria University lecturers want us to stop and look, then tell them about what we see.

Doctors Fuller and Jeffries have created the Mywalks website to collect the written, taped or filmed contributions that will, they hope, allow them to journey inside people's heads. …

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