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  • Stand out of our Light
  • Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy
  • Online publication date: May 2018
  • pp ix-x
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Contents

  1. Preface

  2. About the Nine Dots Prize

  3. 1Philosophy for TrollsAlexander the Great visits Diogenes of Sinope, a cranky philosopher. Alexander makes a surprise offer. Diogenes replies.

  4. IDistraction by Design

    1. 2The Faulty GPSIn which the author encounters new armies of deep distraction.

    2. 3The Age of AttentionInformation abundance produces attention scarcity. The world turns inside out.

    3. 4Bring your own BoundariesDigital technologies privilege our impulses over our intentions, creating new challenges of self-regulation.

    4. 5Empires of the MindA vast infrastructure of intelligent persuasion emerges under our feet. It wants our attention; it is not on our side.

  5. IIClicks Against Humanity

    1. 6The Citizen is the ProductAt risk is not merely our “attention” narrowly defined, but the human will – the basis of political authority.

    2. 7The SpotlightRedirection of thought and action in the moment. The usual suspects of distraction.

    3. 8The StarlightThe frustration of being over time. Adversarial design that militates against our pursuit of higher goals and values.

    4. 9The DaylightThe erosion of fundamental capacities necessary for navigating human life. The ground underfoot gives way.

  6. IIIFreedom of Attention

    1. 10The Ground of First StruggleRejecting attentional serfdom may be the defining moral and political task of our time.

    2. 11The Monster and the BankIn which pitfalls are sidestepped and misconceptions are cleared.

    3. 12Marginal People on Marginal TimeVisions of rebellion and reform. A hand-drawn map to a place no one has ever been.

    4. 13The Brightest Heaven of InventionThe music swells, the rocket lifts. A new light appears in the sky.

  7. Acknowledgments

  8. Further Reading

  9. Index