Recently, the New York Times reported on the continued woes of the music industry. (See: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/24/technology/24music.html?hpw). As illegal file sharing continues to run rampant, record labels are faced with the prospect of digital sales never reaching anything close to the profitability of selling CDs. Beyond illegal file sharing, however, I think something far more insidious is at work. Constant connectivity and a steady flow of new content have led to the dwindling of our attention spans. The dwindling of our attention spans has, in turn, led to our disinterest in full-length albums. The death of the album has ushered in our current, much more superficial connection with music; rather than having a deep connection with the story line or flow of an album, we are content with Pandora’s frenetic shift from U2’s “One”, to Coldplay’s “Clocks”, to John Mayer’s cover of “Free Falling”. Afterwards, we may jump over to youtube for some playful cat footage. So cuuute! Roger Waters, (lead singer of Pink Floyd and co-writer of some of the best concept albums ever made), would be appalled. What does this mean for the efforts made by various countries to curb illegal music sharing? Are they too focused on illusory threat while a much bigger affront to music lurks? Can laws be better tailored to dissuade illegal sharing while also prompting a rekindled love for the full-length record, or are these goals unconnected? And… discuss.