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

©2019 Jenny Odell (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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robotic narration

returned this very quickly. the narrator is a robot! incredibly listener-unfriendly monotone.
not a reflection of the book, which is probably good for all I know.

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  • rjj
  • 01-02-21

What is the point?

After every chapter I kept hoping that there would be a hint of a big reveal or at least some point. I was to be denied. It feels like the author wanted to get us to step away from the attention economy that is social media but realised that this would not fill up a book. She therefore filled it with commentary on favourite artists and such like and went off in completely different directions each time.

After four hours (audible version) I could bear no more and had to accept that there was no point and there would be no reveal. Hopefully I can return this for something written with a bit more discipline.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-20

Interesting

Wowza, I was convinced that Rebecca Gidel was actually the Microsoft Word speech tool from 2003.

I thought the book had a lot of pertinent ideas for our time. However, it really required an active intention to keep going back.

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