Analog analysis to foster digital humanities: attention

February 7, 2012

As some of us at UConn conspire (not to say “connive”) towards a digital future, more and more cultural epiphenomena like Cathy Davidson’s book Now You See It are catching my, well, attention. This is the book that grabbed a news-cycle or two over the summer when we heard that multi-tasking is a myth. What we didn’t hear about, because of course it didn’t fit headlines, is that Davidson takes the long view of the cognitive science of attention, and brings the perceived problem of attention in digital culture (which Nicholas Carr addresses to my mind so shallowly) back to the ancient world.

Or, to put it another way, if you want to understand how the internet is transforming culture, read the Phaedrus.


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