How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy eBook –

A Galvanizing Critique Of The Forces Vying For Our Attentionand Our Personal Informationthat Redefines What We Think Of As Productivity, Reconnects Us With The Environment, And Reveals All That Weve Been Too Distracted To See About Ourselves And Our WorldNothing Is Harder To Do These Days Than Nothing But In A World Where Our Value Is Determined By Our Data Productivity Doing Nothing May Be Our Most Important Form Of Resistance So Argues Artist And Critic Jenny Odell In This Field Guide To Doing Nothing At Least As Capitalism Defines It Odell Sees Our Attention As The Most Preciousand Overdrawnresource We Have Once We Can Start Paying A New Kind Of Attention, She Writes, We Can Undertake Bolder Forms Of Political Action, Reimagine Humankinds Role In The Environment, And Arrive At Meaningful Understandings Of Happiness And Progress Far From The Simple Anti Technology Screed, Or The Back To Nature Meditation We Read So Often, How To Do Nothing Is An Action Plan For Thinking Outside Of Capitalist Narratives Of Efficiency And Techno Determinism Provocative, Timely, And Utterly Persuasive, This Book Is A Four Course Meal In The Age Of Soylent

5 thoughts on “How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

  1. says:

    It seems like some of the negative reviews have an agenda to push, especially the one that only quotes from the first and last paragraphs of the book I would guess that person did not even read the book I enjoyed the thoughts from the author It made me think of things differently I appreciated the argument about valuing things that aren t valued in money or measured in the economy It argues that we need time to process our thoughts and not just thoughtlessly react to social media posts It argues we need the ability to direct our conversations differently to different audiences rather than the one size fits all post of Facebook It argues to get to know your neighborhood and local place If you are sick of the continued outrage machines we have created in our national discussions, you may wish to read this It is true the author is viewing life from inside a San Francisco cultural bubble but I still found resonance with main points while living in the Midwest U.S.

  2. says:

    Not a self help guide, but rather a fascinating collection of essays that critique the modern attention economy, where our time and attention is deemed useless if not spent in the pursuit of profit and progress Odell deftly weaves historical, literary, and artistic references together from Diogenes to Herman Melville to Tehching Hsieh and covers a whole lot of ground in a book that in a lesser author s hand could seem inconsistent Instead, it s like having a meandering conversation with a brilliant friend.If you re looking for a digital detox guide, go elsewhere though she does spend time dismantling the very concept If a capitalist critique by a woman in academia, no less gets your knickers in a twist, avoid If you want some genuine inspiration as to how to exist, resist, and survive in the world as it is today, you won t be disappointed.

  3. says:

    Excellent and thoughtful book, probably the best I ve read on the topic of the attention economy precisely because Odell resists facile prescriptions and instead critiques the roots of the problems we are currently facing and which social media is exacerbating In brief, these are alienation from our surroundings, alienation from our selves, and alienation from one another, brought about by capitalism and neoliberalism generally But in detail she discusses and thinks about much in these pages, and it stays close to lived experience As well as demonstrating various ways of resisting without opting out The fact that all this is lost on Sam the Eagle up there in his supposedly scathing review, I think, is another sign of its quality Reading this book kept reminding me of no author than Rebecca Solnit I read it over a couple days and I ll be reading it again, I think.

  4. says:

    Read this book and I dare you not to want Jenny Odell to become your new BFF.How to Do Nothing is an amazing exploration of our current attention competing, dizzying world of information overload and it would be a fabulous book if it just stopped there But Odell actually offers insights into how to fight this modern cacophony of too muchedness, leaving us with an improbably optimistic and refreshing view on a decidedly 21st century problem.I m anxiously awaiting my nieces and nephews transitions into adulthood, so I an share this work with them Because it s just that necessary.

  5. says:

    The first paragraph was obviously not professionally edited and very choppy I stopped there Would rather do nothing than make my way through this mess.