An Immanent Critique of the Attention Economy


  • Claudio Celis Bueno Universidad Diego Portales (Chile); University of Westminster (UK)

Palabras clave:

immanent critique, Foucault, attention economy, gaze, power


The present article develops an immanent critique of the attention economy as a power apparatus. In particular, it contends that what Foucault (2009) defined as the passage from disciplinary societies to societies of security entails a transformation of the main function of human attention: whereas in disciplinary societies attention (or the gaze) was aimed at imposing continuous surveillance on each individual, societies of security conceive the gaze of each subject as a source of data which allows constructing a new object of power, i.e., the population. To illustrate this, the present article focuses on the specific case of the attention economy and the notions of ‘dataveillance’ and ‘Big Data’.

Biografía del autor/a

Claudio Celis Bueno, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile); University of Westminster (UK)

Claudio Celis Bueno is a post-doctoral researcher at Universidad Diego Portales (Chile) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advance Studies in the University of Westminster (UK). He holds a PhD in Critical and Cultural Theory from Cardiff University and a MA in Art Theory from Universidad de Chile. He is the author of the book The Attention Economy: Labour, Time, and Power in Cognitive Capitalism(Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). His current research (FONDECYT N° 3160053) focuses on the political dimension of found-footage documentary films and pays special attention to the problem of labour in the films of German artist Harun Farocki.




Cómo citar

Celis Bueno, C. (2016). An Immanent Critique of the Attention Economy. Oxímora. Revista Internacional De Ética Y Política, (9), 105–125. Recuperado a partir de