Find your next favorite audiobook

Become a member today and listen free for 30 days
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Written by Jenny Odell

Narrated by Rebecca Gibel


How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Written by Jenny Odell

Narrated by Rebecca Gibel

ratings:
4/5 (110 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
May 7, 2019
ISBN:
9781684573929
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

Editor's Note

Self-care in the age of chaos…

Self-care in this time of uncertainty and social-distancing has never been more important, and Jenny Odell reminds us that the best way to be a valuable person and citizen is to be thoughtful about our attention and where we direct it. A timely read to reconnect with yourself and refocus on what’s most important to you in life.

Description

A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention - and our personal information — that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we've been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world

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 hear 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 audiobook is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.

Released:
May 7, 2019
ISBN:
9781684573929
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author


Related to How to Do Nothing

Related Audiobooks

Related Articles


Reviews

What people think about How to Do Nothing

4.0
110 ratings / 6 Reviews
What did you think?
Rating: 0 out of 5 stars

Critic reviews

  • If you're feeling overwhelmed and stretched thin by everything demanding your attention around the clock, take action this year by doing … nothing. This field guide from artist and critic Jenny Odell shows readers how to resist the pressure to be constantly productive 24/7. Learn how to take back your attention from all the daily distractions in order to reconnect with what really matters in 2020.

    Scribd Editors

Reader reviews

  • (5/5)
    This book is both urgent and deeply restive. A must-read!
  • (5/5)
    A wonderful book which impacted my own behavior and social media consumption habits. The title is a bit misleading as the book’s focus is really the attention economy. It covers the risks, design mechanics, and provides a pretty broad ranging review of social interactions in the modern era. It also touches on art and bird watching, an additional humanizing touch about the importance of slowing down which I enjoyed. As a technologist, I found the book an important read which accurately echoes and elaborates on the concerns many in the industry have, practices we apply to our own lives and those of our families (eg limiting screen time). I have been recommending it to colleagues and friends.
  • (5/5)
    A slow read that requires listening more than once, reading more than once and please do! It has so much to consider, to ponder about — give yourself all the time, buddy read/listen to it with a friend... I can’t recommend it enough!!
  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Attention economy steals our minds, how valuable that we could gain our own attention back!

    1 person found this helpful

  • (2/5)
    Strong argument, but entirely too much anecdotal evidence from the author's own life. There is a good point to be made here, but must be made with more reliance on data.
  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Thoughtful and thought provoking. I pay more attention t the birds now.

    1 person found this helpful