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How to Pay Attention
"This course is an advanced seminar in the anthropology of attention. What makes the
anthropology of attention different from other ways of studying attention (e.g.
psychology) is that we study it as a social and cultural phenomenon: attention is not just a matter of individual minds selecting objects from environments. Rather, attention is collectively organized and valued. We learn how to pay attention and what to pay
attention to from other people; other people make technological and media systems to
intentionally organize collective attention. We learn to value certain kinds of attention
(e.g. intense focus on work, mindfulness, or multi-tasking) and to criticize others (e.g.
absent-mindedness, distraction, intense focus on entertainment) in cultural contexts. So, while we will be experimenting with our own attentions throughout this course, we will remember that our attentions are not really our own. No one pays attention alone." This paper sounds brilliant.
anthropology  attention  thought  thinking  writing  study 
21 days ago by infovore
Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you. « Groping The Elephant
"For all the talk of immersion and realism it seems gamers still want games that provide for them, that make them the centre of the action, the pivotal agent in the events of the world, the nexus around which everything is focused." And this is one of the big conflicts within games: you have to make the player feel wanted whilst they're playing the game, make them feel the centre of attention, because without them the game is nothing. But at the same time: can you still tell stories that aren't about them? I expand a little in the comment on the blogpost proper.
games  play  narrative  choice  farcry2  attention  fallout3  focus  selfcentered 
january 2009 by infovore
russell davies: reader
"...it's another little example of the way the ipod/iphone is such an attention-demanding device. It doesn't orient to you, it orients to itself." Yes. This is a problem.
iphone  accelerometer  jealousdevices  attention  hardware  design 
december 2008 by infovore
inessential.com: Weblog: Comments for 'NetNewsWire 2.1: Sorting by Attention'
Impressive; NNW 2.1 can sort feeds by the attention you pay them. This is the real impact of the attention economy - not securitizing it, not monetizing it, just using attention as a resource like anything else, and making your tools better as a result
rss  software  ui  attention  macosx 
march 2006 by infovore

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