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Deloitte released its seventh annual "State of the Media Democracy" survey yesterday, and its findings suggest there is even less hope for the human attention span than previously thought.

To compile the survey, the consultancy analyzed the digital consumption habits of over 2,100 American consumers aged 14 and older.  The report said that from 2011 to 2012, there has been a 160 percent surge of "digital omnivores," or people who own smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Americans who own this trio of devices now represent a quarter of the domestic consumer market.

With 2008 D-SLR sales figures now close to 700,000 (that’s YTD June, according to the NPD Group) and 10 percent of U.S. homes now housing at least one “prosumer”-level fancy cam, the opinion of Jacques Raycrow is more in demand today than at any point in his stint as a B&H sales specialist. Seated behind a long glass counter on the second floor of the newly-renovated midtown Manhattan camera store, Raycrow patiently addresses the questions of one shopper after another, many of whom have waited in line for their chance to chat about their latest imaging needs. Raycrow, himself a professional

You might wait 30 minutes or so for a table at a favorite restaurant, but would you stand and wait for camera advice? At Adorama, a Manhattan camera store that’s developed an uber-loyal following over its three decades in business, customers daily line up after taking a number, waiting for a gentle computer voice (“Now serving 113 at Station 2...”) to guide them to one-on-one help. Store manager Martino Corto says New Yorkers exhibit such uncharacteristic patience because each Adorama salesperson has real-life experience in imaging. “Our sales staff are photographers and they speak to customers like photographers,” says Corto. “They sell

When New Yorker Nick Scudero was barely a teenager and already avidly surfing whenever Rockaway Beach or Ditch Plains got good waves, he noticed that his older car-owning friends were having trouble getting their speakers to aim in the most boom-worthy directions. At 14, he learned how to do fiberglass work and install speakers in car doors himself. “I loved doing custom work for them,” he remembers. “They were paying good cash for that stuff! I put money in the bank for school.” School for Scudero mean studying economics and finance, a step toward his dream of becoming a Wall Street wunderkind.

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