Attention Is the Scarcity: A New Approach to Civic Digital Literacy
Date & Time
Monday, March 30, 2020, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
In this presentation/workshop participants will learn how the dramatic shift from information scarcity to attention scarcity is eroding our politics, crippling our ability to sort truth from fiction, and leaving us open to political manipulation. We will show how our current approach to civic digital literacy may be making this problem worse instead of better, and outline an alternative approach recently tested in a nationwide pilot. It may not sound like it, but it's a fun session -- along the way we'll look into the "Swolebama" phenomenon, celebrity death hoaxes, and the bizarre but effective techniques of antivax community recruitment. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet with keyboard for the activities.
Learning outcomes:
  • Understand how the shift from information scarcity to attention scarcity has endangered our politics.
  • Learn how current approaches to digital literacy make things worse.
  • Master some basic techniques that help address the issue


Session sponsored by American Democracy Project


Location Name
Full Address
Hyatt Regency Seattle
808 Howell St
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Session Type
Large breakout