Film & Philosophy
  • Back to Chapter 1. This chapter explores the art of Warhol and the Dada Movement as part of its argument that {fluff,style,rhetoric} has made a come back and is equally, if not more important than actual stuff: “The lesson was simple and, once learned, tedious. Art is not stuff made out of stuff taken from the earth’s crust. Art is the attention that makes that stuff meaningful,” (p. 43). This summary also applies well to the very chapter itself! The lesson begins with Andy Warhol, whose art and personality both emphasized a focus that did not delve below the surface level – […]

    Economics of Attention Chapter 2

    Back to Chapter 1. This chapter explores the art of Warhol and the Dada Movement as part of its argument that {fluff,style,rhetoric} has made a come back and is equally, if not more important than actual stuff: “The lesson was simple and, once learned, tedious. Art is not stuff made out of stuff taken from the earth’s crust. Art is the attention that makes that stuff meaningful,” (p. 43). This summary also applies well to the very chapter itself! The lesson begins with Andy Warhol, whose art and personality both emphasized a focus that did not delve below the surface level – […]

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  • Back to introduction. The preface and first chapter of  attempt to set the stage for what is to come. The author tells us that this book is written to answer the narrow question: “What happens when words move from printed page to electronic screen?” The answer, it turns out, is a transition to the age of the economics of attention, which, for the author, is simply another way of saying rhetoric. He describes this shift in various ways: from sciences to arts and letters, from stuff to what we think about stuff (fluff). The major difference is that we now face […]

    Economics of Attention: Chapter 1

    Back to introduction. The preface and first chapter of  attempt to set the stage for what is to come. The author tells us that this book is written to answer the narrow question: “What happens when words move from printed page to electronic screen?” The answer, it turns out, is a transition to the age of the economics of attention, which, for the author, is simply another way of saying rhetoric. He describes this shift in various ways: from sciences to arts and letters, from stuff to what we think about stuff (fluff). The major difference is that we now face […]

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  • Book Club: Economics of Attention Starting this week at Philosophy Matters, we’re going to be reading The Economics of Attention. Attention is something I’ve written about the importance attention before, and I think it’s a topic that’s important to philosophy. We need to have time to reflect if we’re even going to do philosophy. This book considers the importance of our attention in age of information overload: If economics is about the allocation of resources, then what is the most precious resource in our new information economy? Certainly not information, for we are drowning in it. No, what we are […]

    Book Club: Economics of Attention

    Book Club: Economics of Attention Starting this week at Philosophy Matters, we’re going to be reading The Economics of Attention. Attention is something I’ve written about the importance attention before, and I think it’s a topic that’s important to philosophy. We need to have time to reflect if we’re even going to do philosophy. This book considers the importance of our attention in age of information overload: If economics is about the allocation of resources, then what is the most precious resource in our new information economy? Certainly not information, for we are drowning in it. No, what we are […]

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  • This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. I’ve received some important knowledge from this philosophy class over the past few weeks.  We began by learning about the individual and what actually defines a person.  It took me a couple of days, but I soon realized there isn’t a lot separating individuals from each other unless you include their perspectives.  Everyone in our class had a different perspective […]

    Rural Schools for Acceptance

    This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. I’ve received some important knowledge from this philosophy class over the past few weeks.  We began by learning about the individual and what actually defines a person.  It took me a couple of days, but I soon realized there isn’t a lot separating individuals from each other unless you include their perspectives.  Everyone in our class had a different perspective […]

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  • This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. What did I learn in this class? I learned that not everything is as simple as it seemed. I learned not to skim over everything, but instead take a closer look at everything. Not every question has an answer and not every plan works, but instead you need to make a plan that will do more good than harm. Walk […]

    Charity Apparel Design

    This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. What did I learn in this class? I learned that not everything is as simple as it seemed. I learned not to skim over everything, but instead take a closer look at everything. Not every question has an answer and not every plan works, but instead you need to make a plan that will do more good than harm. Walk […]

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  • I keep waiting for this headline to appear. In the ongoing struggle between privacy and convenience, convenience  often seems to win without much debate. Marketing and advertising professionals seem to have unlocked the key to getting consumers happily hand over data about themselves: simply offer some rewards. If you let us track all of your grocery purchases and sell that information, we’ll give you 5 whole percent off! Stay at our hotel 30 times as part of our loyalty rewards program and get one night free during the off season! Tie your American Express card to your Foursquare account and […]

    NSA Loyalty Rewards Program: $1,000 Tax Rebate

    I keep waiting for this headline to appear. In the ongoing struggle between privacy and convenience, convenience  often seems to win without much debate. Marketing and advertising professionals seem to have unlocked the key to getting consumers happily hand over data about themselves: simply offer some rewards. If you let us track all of your grocery purchases and sell that information, we’ll give you 5 whole percent off! Stay at our hotel 30 times as part of our loyalty rewards program and get one night free during the off season! Tie your American Express card to your Foursquare account and […]

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  • This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. Philosophy is my life. Before I took this class, I would always ask “Why?” or “How?” but I did not realize critical thinking was a field of study. The great philosopher Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” This class has challenged me to dive even deeper into every day experiences. But what does all this knowledge […]

    Self Esteem

    This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. Philosophy is my life. Before I took this class, I would always ask “Why?” or “How?” but I did not realize critical thinking was a field of study. The great philosopher Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” This class has challenged me to dive even deeper into every day experiences. But what does all this knowledge […]

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  • I’m taking Cathy Davidson’s Coursera course on the History and Future of Higher Education, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect on some thoughts about higher education that were prompted in a pedagogy class I took last semester. In the book , Jo Sprague discusses four potential goals of education: Transmit cultural knowledge – pass on the great works of art, literature, and science of which any educated person should be aware. Transmit intellectual skills – teaching how to learn, the mind is a muscle that must be exercised. Transmit career skills – the skills and […]

    The Goals of Higher Education

    I’m taking Cathy Davidson’s Coursera course on the History and Future of Higher Education, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect on some thoughts about higher education that were prompted in a pedagogy class I took last semester. In the book , Jo Sprague discusses four potential goals of education: Transmit cultural knowledge – pass on the great works of art, literature, and science of which any educated person should be aware. Transmit intellectual skills – teaching how to learn, the mind is a muscle that must be exercised. Transmit career skills – the skills and […]

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  • This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. Philosophy definitely showed me how to think by using a different perspective. I learned that these perspectives have been named and studied for years. Making choices have so much more consequences to others more than just myself. Philosophy is the study of how I perceive things, but its nothing without others there to effect it. From this class I took […]

    Bringing Light To Others

    This post is part of a series by my students at Mississippi Governor’s School. As a final project, they were challenged with creating an idea that could be used on a massive scale to help others live the good life. Philosophy definitely showed me how to think by using a different perspective. I learned that these perspectives have been named and studied for years. Making choices have so much more consequences to others more than just myself. Philosophy is the study of how I perceive things, but its nothing without others there to effect it. From this class I took […]

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  •   Let’s play a quick a game. See if you can guess when the following passage was written and to what technology it was referring. The writer hoped that students could be taught by: “a single inspiring teacher who speaks to the thousands of revived students through [a technology]. A whole nation of students might thus come under the stimulating touch of some great teacher.” Maybe 2011 and MOOCs? Maybe the 1960s and television? Try the 1920s and radio, in this passage from Radiating Culture by Joseph Hart. Of course, it draws upon the same dream that we’re seeing being slapped onto […]

    4 Questions For the MOOC Dream and Higher Education

      Let’s play a quick a game. See if you can guess when the following passage was written and to what technology it was referring. The writer hoped that students could be taught by: “a single inspiring teacher who speaks to the thousands of revived students through [a technology]. A whole nation of students might thus come under the stimulating touch of some great teacher.” Maybe 2011 and MOOCs? Maybe the 1960s and television? Try the 1920s and radio, in this passage from Radiating Culture by Joseph Hart. Of course, it draws upon the same dream that we’re seeing being slapped onto […]

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