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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Andrew Sampson

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

  • 7jane

    Taste: strawberry-flavored hard candyI confess that one of the reasons for picking up this book was the cover art *lol* And I confess that I didn't know what this nothing meant - perhaps for laziness?...

  • Jimmy Wu

    Collective self-help for middle-class leftist intelligentsia. Has the feeling of taking a leisurely stroll with your loony hippie friend who is at once an overeducated ecosocialist and a crackpot Zen ...

  • Subashini

    "It's tempting to conclude this book with a single recommendation about how to live. But I refuse to do that. That’s because the pitfalls of the attention economy can’t just be avoided by logging ...

  • Chessa

    Like others, this book is not what I was expecting. I was expecting more of a how-to, self-help book but instead this is a very heady, very academic and well-researched treatise on attention, culture,...

  • Guillaume Morissette

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

  • Sarah Paolantonio

    I was excited and eager to read this book after reading about it in Jia Tolentino's essay 'What It Takes To Put Your Phone Away' which mentioned it and partially reviewed it (and others). The cafe I m...