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Jenny Odell

How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

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By Jenny Odell

In a world where our every minute is captured, optimised or appropriated, How to Do Nothing offers a much-needed action plan for slowing down and living more responsively.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 256

A New York Times Bestseller

One of President Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2019

Porchlight's Personal Development & Human Behavior Book of the Year

In a world where addictive technology is designed to buy and sell our attention, and our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity, it can seem impossible to escape. But in this inspiring field guide to dropping out of the attention economy, artist and critic Jenny Odell shows us how we can still win back our lives.

Odell sees our attention as the most precious--and overdrawn--resource we have. And we must actively and continuously choose how we use it. We might not spend it on things that capitalism has deemed important ... but once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humankind's role in the environment, and arrive at more 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 will change how you see your place in our world.

Read if you: have netflix playing on your tv, are texting your friend on your phone while using your laptop to browse this website simultaneously