Nine Dots Prize Book Launch

31 May 2018, 17:15 - 19:00

SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

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CRASSH is delighted to invite you to the book launch for Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy by James Williams, winner of the inaugural Nine Dots Prize. This event is free and open to the public, and a drinks reception will follow the event.

Author: James Williams (University of Oxford)

Maria Farrell (Writer and Technology Consultant)
John Naughton (The Observer's Technology Correspondent)

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Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy
Published by Cambridge University Press on 31 May 2018
Paperback or Open Access 

Former Google advertising executive, now Oxford-trained philosopher James Williams launches a plea to society and to the tech industry to help ensure that the technology we all carry with us every day does not distract us from pursuing our true goals in life. As information becomes ever more plentiful, the resource that is becoming more scarce is our attention. In this 'attention economy', we need to recognise the fundamental impacts of our new information environment on our lives in order to take back control. Drawing on insights ranging from Diogenes to contemporary tech leaders, Williams's thoughtful and impassioned analysis is sure to provoke discussion and debate. Williams is the inaugural winner of the Nine Dots Prize, a new Prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary social issues. Click here for more information.