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CNRS_Pouchet. (2022, 14 avril). An archaeology of digital attention: radar, war, and the birth of ubiquitous vigilance. [Vidéo]. Canal-U. https://www.canal-u.tv/116008. (Consultée le 13 juillet 2024)

An archaeology of digital attention: radar, war, and the birth of ubiquitous vigilance

Réalisation : 14 avril 2022 - Mise en ligne : 26 avril 2022
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An archaeology of digital attention: radar, war, and the birth of ubiquitous vigilance

EN. Attention is historically-specific, the product of human and nonhuman elements working in concert. Often the design of these elements’ interaction responds to specific moments and crises (spiritual, political, economic, etc.) which then shape other, diverse spheres of practice and technology. In this presentation I examine one such specific mode of attention, “electronic vigilance”, and is creation through the conditions of twentieth-century warfare. The rise of jets, long distance high-power ballistics, atomic weapons, and a “Cold War” with no planetary limits on the likely time and place of mass destruction, mobilised the invention of a new kind of human-machine system, the digital ecosystem. Elements in the system devised to meet this open-ended threat included magnetic core memory, touch-screen technology, computer graphics, real-time digital networks and, most essentially, a user who practiced perpetual vigilance. The history of this user and the modes of attention they practice offers resources for thinking critically about the modes of attention practiced in digital ecosystems today.

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