17. Why the Attention Economy should matter to us
Tapping into current understanding of human evolution, Dr Emma Pauncefort unpicks why the attention economy poses so great a threat to each and every one of us, that is the threat of behavioural addiction. Drawing on the work of psychologist Michael Zeiler, sociologist Sherry Turkle, marketing scholar Adam Alter, computer-scientist-come- writer Cal Newport and computer-scientist-turned-activist Tristan Harris amongst others, she brings to the fore how the attention economy has precipitated a frightening mental health crisis in young people. This bleak survey ends with a nod to the glimmer of hope afforded by a rising movement whose mission is to help us take back our online agency.
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