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Fall 2018-2019
* HIS 490 (HA)   na, npdf

The Attention Economy: Historical Perspectives

D. Graham Burnett

Attention lies at the nexus of perception and action, aesthetics and ethics, wealth and power. Whose eyes (and minds) are where? And for how long? These are central questions driving the evolution of "surveillance capitalism" (not to mention social life itself). New technologies, and new practices, are reshaping our understanding of the attentional subject -- with consequences for learning, politics, and collective existence. This course will take up these problems, delving the history of changing ideas about attention in the modern period.

Sample reading list:
J. Crary, 24/7
W. James, Principles of Psychology
T. Wu, Attention Merchants
G. Debord, Society of the Spectacle
Y. Citton, Ecology of Attention
K. Hayles, How We Think

Reading/Writing assignments:
This is a seminar, and the majority of our sessions will consist of in-class discussion of 100-200 pages of reading a week. A number of short "think-pieces" will be assigned. A final research project (30%) will serve as a capstone to the semester.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23333 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   202   Enrolled:13 Limit:15