THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DISTRACTION IN DIGITIZED DENMARK
DISTRACT brings together social science and data science methods to explore the political economy of distraction in the post-digital age. Combining qualitative and quantitative data, our interdisciplinary team investigates the mental, social and material techniques by which attention is captured, retained, and distracted in the world’s most digitized country, Denmark.
01.05.2020 - Workshop: A New Fieldnote Standard in XML (part 2)
15.04.2020 - Workshop: A New Fieldnote Standard in XML (part 1)
24.03.2020 - Methods workshop with Laura Nelson
27-28.01.2020 - Machine Anthropology Workshop
Subproject 1 - Distraction Politics
Maps the evolving attitudes to social media and big data among politicians, and explores how politicians themselves are entangled in attention-distracting platforms and technologies.
Subproject 2 - Coding Distraction
Maps how programmers and consultants design and optimize software products to attract and retain the attention of users. The project also studies how programmers and coders seek to attract attention to themselves on online platforms.
Subproject 3 - Defying Distraction
Maps the emerging trend of digital detox, off-the-grid living, and the anti-digitalization movement in Denmark by looking at the links between sustainable living and reduced digital consumption. The project also uses sensor and phone data to map how people are distracted by their phones and other digital devices in everyday life.
Subproject 4 - Regulating Distraction
Investigates the relationship between the use of digital devices, learning, and well being in Danish schools through a series of controlled experiments. It also maps the emergence of policies regarding the use of smartphones in Danish educational contexts.
Lockdown ethnography: Using logbooks, self-reporting and emojis to study routines during the corona crisis. Emilie Gregersen, Sofie Astrupgaard and Malene Jespersen. 29 May, 2020. University of Copenhagen, SODAS Data Discussion.
DISTRACT: The Political Economy of Attention in Digitized Denmark. Kristoffer Albris. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, 22 nov, 2019. Vancouver, Canada.
M.A. Pedersen, K. Albris & N. Seaver. 2021. The Political Economy of Attention. Annual Review of Anthropology. (forthcoming)
Kristoffer Albris, Anders Blok, Hjalmar Alexander Bang Carlsen, Thyge Ryom Enggaard, Emilie Munch Gregersen, Majsa Stina Grosen, Tobias Priesholm Gårdhus, Annika Solveig Hedegaard Isfeldt, Mathilde Yung Meiling, Anna Helene Kvist Møller, Morten Axel Pedersen, Jonas Skjold Raaschou-Pedersen & Asger Hans Thomsen. 2020. Digital Klima-Aktivisme i en Skandinavisk Corona-Tid. Blogpost: https://coronakrisen.github.io/post6.html
Anna Sapienza, Malene H. Jespersen, Kristoffer Albris, Morten Axel Pedersen, and Sune Lehmann. 2020. Escape from COVID Island. Blogpost: https://coronakrisen.github.io/post4.html
Emilie Munch Gregersen, Malene Hornstrup Jespersen, Sofie Læbo Astrupgaard, Tobias Priesholm Gårdhus, Eva Iris Otto, Morten Axel Pedersen og Kristoffer Albris. 2020. Life Goes On - Sådan Da. Blogpost: https://coronakrisen.github.io/post3.html
Emilie Gregersen, Kristoffer Glavind, Morten Axel Pedersen, Sofie Astrupgaard, Thyge Enggaard & Tobias Gårdhus. 2020. Nedlukningen har ændret tonen og stemning i danske corona-tweets. Blogpost: https://coronakrisen.github.io/post2.html
Thyge Enggaard, Tobias Gårdhus, Anders Blok, Hjalmar Carlsen & Morten Axel Pedersen. 2020. Corona-diskussioner i det danske Twitter-landskab. Blogpost: https://coronakrisen.github.io/post1.html
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DISTRACT is funded by an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. Period: 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2024