Social Media and the Attention Economy

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Social Media

Spring 2020

Taught By: Dominic Pettman

Section: A

CRN: 7172

Credits: 4

This course is a sequel to the Freshman seminar, "Anti-Social Media," though new students are welcome. It will explore the special, dynamic, and intimate relationship between attention and distraction, with a special focus on the use and abuse of social media. Topics will include, but not be limited to, the cultural history of isolating and engineering attention, the political advantages of creating distraction, and the technological innovations and arrangements which currently capture and/or deflect the precious resource of the (endangered?) human attention span. We will also be creating and cultivating our own exercises in sustained attention.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:06am 9/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm



Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/11/2020