May 1st, 2014
Please join us for a talk and discussion at UC Riverside with Dr. Alan Liu of UCSB on Tuesday, June 3 from 11-12:30 pm in INTS 1113.
This is Not a Book: Long Forms of Attention in the Digital Age
A common response to an electronic book or other digital media is that, while it may be better or worse than a book, “this is not a book.” But digital media has the uncanny effect of making us realize that physical books themselves were never truly books–if by “book” we mean a long form of attention designed for the permanent, standard, and authoritative communication of human thought or experience. This talk outlines methods for discovering and tracking socially repeatable and valued “long forms of attention” whether in books or other constellations of materials, in the past or the digital present. The talk concludes with a look at the RoSE (Research-oriented Social Environment) created by a team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, directed by Liu.