Attention,

or How It Feels to Be Present

Attention, or How It Feels to Be Present is an online book in progress. The book identifies transformations of everyday love and life in this era of Internet capitalism and climate catastrophe. Attention critiques the new American Dream, designed in Silicon Valley, of a mindful subject for whom technology is second nature. Attention juxtaposes this resilient fiction of an individual in control to the reality of an increasingly scattered and shattered subject who exists almost but not quite in many places at once. How does this posthuman dividual feel? And how do they continue to make sense—at once create meaning and find their way in space-time? The book explores changing modes of attention, understood as the faculty to be present with tasks, things, others, and oneself—understood as love also, an intuitive glimpse of the universe.

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