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Stand out of our Light

Stand out of our Light
Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy

  • Publication planned for: August 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2018
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108452991


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  • Former Google advertising executive, now Oxford-trained philosopher James Williams launches a plea to society and to the tech industry to help ensure that the technology we all carry with us every day does not distract us from pursuing our true goals in life. As information becomes ever more plentiful, the resource that is becoming more scarce is our attention. In this 'attention economy', we need to recognise the fundamental impacts of our new information environment on our lives in order to take back control. Drawing on insights ranging from Diogenes to contemporary tech leaders, Williams's thoughtful and impassioned analysis is sure to provoke discussion and debate. Williams is the inaugural winner of the Nine Dots Prize, a new Prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary social issues. This title is also available as Open Access.

    • Powerfully argues for the reclamation of individual agency and freedom in a world where our attention is vied over by tech companies
    • Presents a combination of technological and philosophical insight into the implications of the burgeoning 'attention economy'
    • Authored by the inaugural winner of the Nine Dots Prize, a new, biannual prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary social issues
    • This title is also available as Open Access
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    • Publication planned for: August 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108452991
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2018
  • Table of Contents

    1. Philosophy for trolls
    Part I. Distraction by Design:
    2. The faulty GPS
    3. The age of attention
    4. Bring your own boundaries
    5. Empires of the mind
    Part II. Clicks against Humanity:
    6. The citizen is the product
    7. The spotlight
    8. The starlight
    9. The daylight
    Part III. Freedom of Attention:
    10. The ground of first struggle
    11. The monster and the bank
    12. Marginal people on marginal time
    13. The brightest heaven of invention.

  • Author

    James Williams, University of Oxford
    James Williams is currently a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he researches the philosophy and ethics of attention and persuasion as they relate to technology design. Prior to that he worked for over ten years at Google, where he received the Founders' Award - the company's highest honour - for his work on advertising products and tools.

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