Consciousness is cerebral celebrity—nothing more and nothing less. Those contents are conscious that persevere, that monopolize resources long enough to achieve certain typical and "symptomatic" effects—on memory, on the control of behavior and so forth.
Daniel Clement Dennett (b. 1942), U.S. professor of philosophy (Tufts University). "The Message is: There is no Medium," p. 929, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research LIII, 4 (December 1993): 919-931.