Fwd: Friday, April 4 | Attention by Design – Natasha Schüll, Fred Turner, and Joseph Hankins

The NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication Lecture Series presents 
ATTENTION BY DESIGN  Friday, April 4 | 1:00-6:00 pm | 239 Greene Street, Floor 8
We live in a world of seemingly infinite information and limited cognitive resource. Academic and popular discourses alike speak of this situation in terms of an “attention economy” in which agencies, corporations, and parties compete for human psychological capacity. From everyday places like classrooms, airports, casinos, urban centers and shopping malls to exceptional sites like political rallies, megachurches, and exhibition halls, theories of human attention are constantly being enlisted as a means of tying political or commercial purposes to aesthetic schemes. In other words, at the intersection of psychology and culture, design matters. Attention by Design will explore the ways that perceptual processes are used to build arguments about social worlds. Join us on the afternoon of April 4, 2014 for a conversation about mental life in the designed environment. 
Fred Turner, Associate Professor of Communication, Stanford University
The Family of Man and the politics of attention in Cold War America
Natasha Schüll, Associate Professor of STS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Caught in the zone: The attentional economy of machine gambling
Joseph Hankins, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of California San Diego
A sleeping public: Buraku politics and the disciplines of attention


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