How to Do Nothing
How to Do Nothing
Resisting the Attention Economy
Jenny Odell



Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 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 precious—and overdrawn—resource we have. 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 is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.

Title How to Do Nothing
Subtitle Resisting the Attention Economy
Author Jenny Odell
Publisher Melville House Publishing
Title First Published 15 April 2019
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 1612197493
ISBN-13 9781612197494
Publication Date 15 April 2019
Weight 32 oz.
 


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