Is the technology we carry in our pockets, that surrounds us every moment of the day, distracting us from pursuing our life goals?
In the latest RSA Short, James Williams warns of the dangers that digital distraction poses to us individually and collectively. If we’re serious about protecting human agency and democracy, he argues, it’s time we started defending our freedom of attention.
Extracted from a free talk given at the RSA in London, 2017
Speaker: James Williams
Director: Olga Makarchuk
Animation: Olga Makarchuk, Kim Alexander
Colouring Assistance: Anna Makarchuk
Sound: Nico Antwerp
Video Producer: Ross Henbest
Joint Head of Public Events Programme: Mairi Ryan
Intro and outro animation: Cabeza Patata
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