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David B. Landes

DavidBLandes [at] gmail [dot] com

Instructor and Ph.D. Candidate in Communication, Rhetoric and Media at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

OFFICE: 1104 Cathedral of Learning

MAILBOX: 1117 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA, 15260

 

ACADEMIC INTERESTS: Media Studies, Rhetorical Studies, Attention, Culture and Communication Technology, Language Theory, Improvisation and Music.

 

RESEARCH:

Attention shapes how we capture and compose the world as well as what we can know and do. I research human attention along the ideas that 1) the art of communication is part of the larger art of attention, 2) our modes of attention are historically evolved and socially tuned, and 3) securing attention is a universal communication problem solvable with strategies devised from the humanities and arts.

 

My dissertation culls attention wisdom from paradigmatic thinkers of communication and builds a robust theory of attention rooted in rhetoric, media, and phenomenology. It offers a qualitative-humanistic vocabulary for phenomena unaddressed by attention's ubiquitous quantitative-mechanistic vocabulary. My work equips scholars to better study the fluid dynamics of attention through changes in technology, society, culture, and consciousness. Researching attention has been additionally fruitful for my pedagogy, institutional service, and related professional and artistic applications.

 

 

EXPERIENCE

CV

Resume

Music Experience

 

PROJECTS

Contributor to the best-selling rhetoric book Thank You For Arguing taught in Harvard Kennedy School of Government & Harvard Writing Program, Columbia University, NYU, and 3,500 college courses

Assisted teaching applied humanities courses at MIT and Stanford University

Invited speaker to Shell, TEDx, PA Governor's Office of Citizen Service, the City of Pittsburgh, Public Communication for Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and 30+ others.

Founding member: The Saxifrage School, a higher education laboratory (3 min. explanation video)

Founding member: UpTo Know Good, a consultancy for startups

Founding member: Pittsburgh Group for Human Research, an emic social-communication laboratory

Consultant: WordFabric text analytics software development team

Consultant: Shift Collaborative

Consultant: Zola Design

Consultant: Kullu Valley Bike Project

Consultant: Emergency University

Consultant: Procore construction management software

Creator of UC Santa Barbara's first Writing and Rhetoric Major, institutionally adopted as the Professional Writing Minor in Writing and Civic Engagement

Survivor of Project Zero, an experiment to pay for college without financial aid, family assistance, or loans

Active freelance musician, bands manager, and teacher

Commissioned to compose music for 10 films for UC Santa Barbara Department of Film and Media

SAMPLE CLIPS AND FILMS

A Bingo Bus: Dir. Andy Jurgensen, 30 min. documentary

Nuts: Dir. Clayton Sakoda, 24 min. comedy

Can't You See?: Dir. Alexander Koehne, 9 min. drama

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