Through the Google Glass: Configurations of Attention in the Age of Digital Media

  • Eva Zekany Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier 3, France

Abstract

In this paper, I discuss a recently documented case of media addiction, that of the first person ever to be treated for internet addiction induced by the use of Google Glass. Taking this case as a starting point, I draw together strands from new materialism and N. Katherine Hayles’ work on attention in order to argue that the contemporary debate on media addiction translates into a reconfiguration of attention as an embodied, embedded and finite resource. Google Glass thus occupies a precarious and paradoxical place in today’s attention economy: as both a gateway to a technical wonderland, and as a corrosive agent that disrupts the proper workings of the social.

 

Published
February 15, 2016
How to Cite
Zekany, E. (2016). Through the Google Glass: Configurations of Attention in the Age of Digital Media. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.31165/nk.2016.91.410