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How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

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Published: November 2019
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Author: Jenny Odell
BIC Subject: Self-help & personal development
Published By: Black Inc
 
Published: 05-Nov-2019
Format: Paperback, 256 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781760641795
Stock Code: 0641795
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A galvanising critique of the forces vying for our attention - and our personal information - that redefines what we think of as productivity and reveals what 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 data productivity, doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance.

So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to slowing down. Odell sees our attention as the most precious - and overdrawn - resource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humanity's role in the environment, and arrive at a more meaningful understanding of happiness and fulfilment.

Far from a simple anti-technology screed, or a pointless back-to-nature meditation, How to Do Nothing is an action plan for thinking beyond capitalist narratives of efficiency and value. Provocative, timely and utterly persuasive, it shows us how to preserve our inner lives and bring about change in a world that needs this more than ever.

'A manifesto for the internet age.'-The A.V. Club

'An invigorating meditation on ways of seeing and being more present ... It's a book that could change you for the better.'-LitHubA galvanising critique of the forces vying for our attention - and our personal information - that redefines what we think of as productivity and reveals what 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 data productivity, doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance.

So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to slowing down. Odell sees our attention as the most precious - and overdrawn - resource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humanity's role in the environment, and arrive at a more meaningful understanding of happiness and fulfilment.

Far from a simple anti-technology screed, or a pointless back-to-nature meditation, How to Do Nothing is an action plan for thinking beyond capitalist narratives of efficiency and value. Provocative, timely and utterly persuasive, it shows us how to preserve our inner lives and bring about change in a world that needs this more than ever.

'A manifesto for the internet age.'-The A.V. Club

'An invigorating meditation on ways of seeing and being more present ... It's a book that could change you for the better.'-LitHub
Jenny Odell is an artist and writer who teaches at Stanford University and has been an artist-in-residence at Facebook, the Internet Archive and the San Francisco Planning Department, among others. She exhibits her art all over the world, and lives in Oakland, California.
 
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