Banter Present: The Attention Economy feat Michael Foley, Roisin Ingle & Finian Murphy
The Attention Economy feat
Michael Foley (Author of Best Selling 'Age of Absurdity')
Roisin Ingle (The Irish Times)
Finian Murphy (Consumer & Media Researcher)
hosted by Jim Carroll (The Irish Times / On The Record
Doors 7.30pm | Talk starts 8pm Sharp
Advance Tickets €8 from the Bodytonic Store
€10 on the door on the night
The Attention Economy
The most valuable currency you possess right now? Time and attention. Sure,
everyone looking to sell you stuff also wants to get their greedy mitts on
the money in your pocket, but they won’t get that unless they get your
You’re spending in the attention economy with every tweet you retweet, every
link you click, every Facebook event you like and every viral video you
forward. You’re even spending when you go to an event or a gig and spend
half the night tweeting about it (cue #bantereconomy).
The problem is that we’ve got a finite amount of attention and there’s an
infinite amount of stuff, from products and services to campaigns and
causes, vying for that attention. How do corporations and brands work to
manipulate our attention spans? Should we rethink and recalibrate just what
we do with our attention? Would it be better for us to turn off and let it
all slip away? Does any of that stuff which competes for our attention
actually make our life better or more content?
For this Banter, we’re delighted to wecome Michael Foley, the author of the
bestselling The Age Of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes It Hard to be
Happy”. Michael’s new book Embracing the Ordinary, which encourages people
to delight in the fascinating, comical and mysterious complexities of
everyday life in the midst of a culture besotted with fantasy, celebrity and
glamour, will be published in July.
Michael will be joined on the Banter panel by Finian Murphy (Consumer & Media Researcher)) and Roisin Ingle (The Irish Times) The panel will be chaired by Banter ringmaster Jim Carroll.