How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

November 30, 2020
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

A New York TimesBestseller"A complex, smart and ambitious book that at first reads like aself-help manual, then blossoms into a wide-ranging politicalmanifesto."—Jonah Engel Bromwich, The New York Times BookReviewOne of President Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of2019"NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY:Time • The New Yorker • NPR• GQ • Elle • Vulture • Fortune• Boing Boing • The Irish Times • The New YorkPublic Library • The Brooklyn PublicLibraryPorchlight's Personal Development & Human BehaviorBook of the YearIn a world where addictive technology is designed to buy andsell our attention, and our value is determined by our 24/7 dataproductivity, it can seem impossible to escape. But in thisinspiring field guide to dropping out of the attention economy,artist and critic Jenny Odell shows us how we can still win backour lives.Odell sees our attention as the most precious—andoverdrawn—resource we have. And we must actively and continuouslychoose how we use it. We might not spend it on things thatcapitalism has deemed important ... but once we can start paying anew kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms ofpolitical action, reimagine humankind's role in the environment,and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness andprogress.Far from the simple anti-technology screed, or theback-to-nature meditation we read so often, How to doNothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalistnarratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. Provocative,timely, and utterly persuasive, this book will change how you seeyour place in our world.