attention economy

The part of the economy where businesses and individuals profit from capturing and selling attention, predominantly fueled by ad-based revenue models.

Well explored and explained by The Social Dilemma documentary by the Center for Humane Technology.

The widespread, society-wide negative impacts are deeper than we might initially think: the broad impacts of the attention economy’s perverse incentives alters widespread communication patterns.

I’ve written in great detail explaining the basics of the attention economy and explore several individual steps that can be taken to counteract the individual harms: A Practical Guide to Minimizing Big Tech Manipulation and Fostering Intellectual Development. In it I write a bit about how PKM is an antidote to the attention economy.

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