Stranded two inches from the World

Interviewed by The Economist, novelist and essayist Pico Iyer discusses the "importance of ambiguity" in this always-on age. This short paragraph describes the need (my words, not his) for the IdeaFestival perfectly.

The problem is that you can only make sense of the world by stepping out of it. More and more, in our age of acceleration and scrolling headlines and breaking news around the clock, we’re standing two inches away from the world, able to see what happened ten seconds ago but not able often to put it in a wider context or to see its long-term implications.

I changed one word for the post title.