Ambient Commons: Attention in the Age of Embodied by Malcolm McCullough

By Malcolm McCullough

The global is filling with ever extra forms of media, in ever extra contexts and codecs. gleaming rectangles became a part of the scene; displays, huge and small, look in every single place. actual destinations are more and more tagged and digitally augmented. Sensors, processors, and reminiscence are usually not stumbled on basically in stylish clever telephones but additionally outfitted into daily items. Amid this flood, your consciousness practices subject greater than ever. you may no longer be ready to music this global out. So it truly is worthy remembering that beneath some of these augmentations and information flows, fastened kinds persist, and that to note them can increase different sensibilities. In Ambient Commons, Malcolm McCullough explores the workings of awareness even though a rediscovery of atmosphere. no longer all that informs has been written and despatched; no longer all realization includes planned notion. The intrinsic constitution of area -- the format of a studio, for instance, or a plaza -- turns into a part of any psychological engagement with it. McCullough describes what he calls the Ambient: an expanding tendency to understand info superabundance complete, the place person indications topic much less and at the least a few mediation assumes inhabitable shape. He explores how the fastened varieties of structure and town play a cognitive function within the stream of ambient details. As a many times inhabited global, can the Ambient be understood as a shared cultural source, to be socially curated, voluntarily constrained, and self-governed as though a commons? Ambient Commons invitations you to seem prior present obsessions with clever telephones to reconsider awareness itself, to take care of extra positioned, frequently inescapable varieties of information.

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12 “You are what you attend to,”13 to paraphrase the first modern psychologist, William James, whose work from over a century ago remains an obligatory part of the attention literature to this day. Now, as a paradigm shift in cognitive science has many asking if anyone really knows what attention is, this inquiry will need to go beneath the surface of such aphorisms. ” Simon, the main thinker behind the rise of Carnegie Mellon, wrote in 1971: “In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes.

To question the prevailing meaning of information quickly becomes an exercise in epistemology. ”25 After all, at least some knowledge comes from direct experience. Only modern communications technology created an emphasis on sent packets of data. The point here is that the balance has shifted away from tacit knowledge through direct experience toward explicit but indirect knowledge through communications. ”26 With certain exceptions (such as sunrises), being informed generally involves linguistically encoded meanings, at appropriate levels of abstraction, all made intelligible by frames of knowledge.

10 For the sake of argument, consider such management as involving two basic approaches to superabundance. One consists of good filtering. Paradoxically, the best way to deal with so much information is usually more information: metadata, usage histories, recommendations, source certifications, blockers and aggregators, social networks. By contrast, a second approach consists of mindful abstinence. Of choosing to ignore noises from the street; to skip 30 | A m b i e n t c o m m o n s 24/7 news; to turn off the smartphone when with friends; to multitask only for fun; to stay off the net one day a week; to ignore the latest titles from Hollywood; to listen to live music often; to look up at the architecture around you from time to time, and not just down at your screen; to enjoy something without feeling the urge to message a friend about it; to know what phase the moon is in, and how to stay still long enough to watch the stars wheel across the night sky, at least where you can actually see them.

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