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

  • 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...

  • Sweetheart Seer

    *I was sent an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*Let's start with the negatives and work our way to the positives to end on a high note, shall we?The Bad:♤ Bogged down with info...

  • Guillaume Morissette

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...