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Ambient Commons: Attention in the Age of Embodied Information Hardcover – 19 Apr 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (19 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262018802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262018807
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Ambient Commons is quiet, patient and profound; through 12 pithy chapters, it asks us to ponder information contexts. Times Higher Education Ambient Commons sizzles with provocative ideas: attention theft, right to undisrupted attention, peak distraction. It's a call for responsible urbanism... Given the recent hype about the rise of the 'smart city' -- courtesy of large technology companies pitching solutions to innovaton-hungry mayors -- McCullough's advocacy of technologically mediated but humane urbanism is timely. -- Evgeny Morozov The New Yorker The book is both a delight to read and a call to action in two ways. Civilized human beings need to disengage from their glowing rectangles and appreciate the world around us, and design professionals need to pay attention to the information content of our environment. User Experience Magazine

About the Author

Malcolm McCullough is Professor of Architecture at Taubman College, the University of Michigan. He is the author of Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand and Digital Ground: Architecture, Pervasive Computing, and Environmental Knowing, both published by the MIT Press.


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