Announcing a new special issue of Culture Machine: Paying Attention
The DCRC are pleased to announce the recently released special issue of the influential Open Humanities Press journal, Culture Machine entitled ‘Paying Attention’. Patrick Crogan (Senior Lecturer) and Sam Kinsley (Research Fellow) of the DCRC co-edited the issue. It was developed from a 2010 conference, 'Paying Attention', convened by the Digital Cultures Research Centre (UWE) with funds from the European Science Foundation, please see the conference website.
Beginning with a substantial editorial, the issue aims to revitalise and update the critical examination of the workings of the ‘attention economy’ in the context of today's rapidly emerging realtime, ubiquitous, online digital technoculture. It re-focusses work on this theme of attention in light of the current and emerging technocultural environment of smart devices, the increasing mediation of experience, and the significant financial speculation in the attention capturing potential of social networking media.
The special issue includes an interview with Peer-2-peer Foundation co-founder, Michel Bauwens; essays by key theorists of attention Jonathan Beller, Bernard Stiegler & Tiziana Terranova; and several papers on topics from Facebook, Free and Open Software, the ecological costs of our attentional technologies, to the problematic role of digital social networking in Istanbul's 2010 term as European Capital of Culture.