Attention Economy research

I ran across this quote while googling keyword elements of the books that I’m in the process of researching and writing with fenris23:

Richard Lanham’s new book The Economics of Attention: Style and Substance in the Age of Information curiously has no references at all to Michael Goldhaber’s The Attention Economy: The Natural Economy of the Net, hmmmm. Goldhaber’s work was published online in a peer-reviewed journal nine years ago. It’s core premise is practically identical to Lanham’s.


The paper in question looks familiar. I’m reading it now, and I’m positive I read this in 2003 during the last skull and bones presidential race.. anywya I’m digressing. Here’s a particularly poignant passage from the Greetings portion of the paper:

Many names for the new era have been invoked: the information age, the Third Wave, the move towards cyberspace, all of which point, vaguely at least to the fact that new patterns of activity and of interrelationships among people are now emerging. The trouble with that insight is that it is so vague that you can easily agree with it without feeling the necessity of changing your economic thinking in the least.