Dominic Pettman’s new book, Infinite Distraction

  • Posted on: December 8, 2015
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Dominic Pettman, Chair of Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research and Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College, recently published the book Infinite Distraction (Polity Press, 2015).


This new title examines the deliberate deployment of what Pettman calls “hypermodulation,” as a key strategy encoded into the contemporary media environment. His account complicates the various narratives that portray social media as a sinister space of synchronized attention, in which we are busily clicking ourselves to death. This critical reflection on the unprecedented power of the Internet urges us to rethink our own appetite for distraction, and the latest technologies which feed it so effectively.
Liberal Studies (New School for Social Research) and Culture & Media (Lang) hosted a book launch where Pettman was in conversation with Rob Horning, Executive Editor of The New Inquiry, and author of Marginal Utility, followed by Q&A.

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