From "The Autumn of the Multitaskers," an essay by novelist Walter Kirn in the November 2007 Atlantic:
"Where do you want to go today?" Microsoft asked us.(Thanks to L. Lee Lowe, who pointed her readers to this essay.)
Now that I no longer confuse freedom with speed, convenience, and mobility, my answer would be: "Away. Just away. Someplace where I can think."
Multitasking makes you stupid
Multitasking: "not paying attention"
On continuous partial attention
[Update, 1/22/08: The Atlantic has made its archives available to non-subscribers. Anyone may now read Kirn's essay online: The Autumn of the Multitaskers.]