How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy Review

This thrilling critique of the forces vying for our attention re-defines what we think of as productivity, shows us a new way to connect with our environment and reveals all that we’ve been too distracted to see about our selves and our world.

When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for personal branding, and products to be monetized, nothing can be quite so radical as… doing nothing. Here, Jenny Odell sends up a flare from the heart of Silicon Valley, delivering an action plan to resist capitalist narratives of productivity and techno-determinism, and to become more meaningfully connected in the process.

Title:How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

    How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy Reviews

  • Felicia Edens

    I found an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book at the library where I work, so I was able to read this before the public gets to it this April. None of the other librarians had taken it, and I usually...

  • Truce

    First, I understand the negative reviews of this book. The title is misleading as this is not at all a how-to on unplugging or leaving social media (for that, maybe read Cal Newport’s Digital Minima...

  • Ken-ichi

    Anyone who has run a public event where you show people other organisms has fielded the horrible, soul-crushing question, "But what does it do?" or worse, "What's it good for?" They're not unreasonabl...

  • Jay Smith

    Delightful book to read, though I’m not quite sure that the author’s wandering argument that social media can (and should) be replaced by bioregionalism (in her case, replacing time spent on Faceb...

  • Guillaume Morissette

    This book rules, this felt so good to read...

  • Andrew Sampson

    full disclosure i literally only one page left to read in this book but i left my backpack with it inside a chipotle, anyways it still changed my life ...

  • Robyn Neville-kett

    I was immediately compelled to read this based on the title and cover art alone. A guidebook on how to do nothing? I am already a self-professed expert at this but am always open to improvement (as lo...

  • C. S.

    Odell has created a truly special work in this book. While its possible that it's a mixture of the two, I feel like the book was either too smart for me or was just a high level thought experiment. Th...

  • Julie

    this book is what I needed to read all along! I found a shared obsession with birds, a connection between social media and the environment, a beautiful chapter on attention, and a chapter on refusal t...

  • Rhea

    Rarely have I resonated with a book on so many levels - sociopolitically, regionally, philosophically. Please read this book and then talk to me about it! Let us resist-in-place together....