That Which Gets Attention

Dr. danah boyd has posted a video of her Webstock keynote, which reflects on fear and the attention economy. The three key assertions of danah’s talk are:

1. We live in a culture of fear.
2. The attention economy provides fertile ground for the culture of fear.
3. Social media is amping up the attention economy.

While the talk is most specifically directed at designers and technologists, there’s ample material in the talk of interest to educators. danah’s discussion of the role of (unwarranted) fear in cyberbullying conversations is especially of interest.

If you don’t have time to watch the video, you can read a crib of a version of the talk given at SxSW.

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2 thoughts on “That Which Gets Attention

  1. These are intriguing topics. Do you think would be useful for me to share with my 8th Grade students?

    1. I definitely think you could have some interesting discussion around these ideas with 8th graders. I think kids really want to have conversations about these kinds of issues with adults who are interested in what they have to say.

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