How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell audiobook

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

By Jenny Odell
Read by Rebecca Gibel

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge 9781612197494
8.18 Hours Unabridged
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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 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 book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.

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A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year selection

One of the New Yorker’s Best Books of the Year

An Elle Magazine Pick of 2019's Best Books

A Barack Obama Reading List Pick of Favorite Books of 2019

A GQ Pick of the Year's Best Books

An NPR Best Book of 2019

A Vulture.com Pick of the Year

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year selection

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

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An eloquent argument against the cult of efficiency, and I felt both consoled and invigorated by it.” New York Times Book Review
“An erudite and thoughtful narrative about the importance of interiority and taking time to pay close attention to the spaces around us.” San Francisco Chronicle
"How to Do Nothing mimics the experience of walking with a perceptive and sensitive friend, the kind of person who makes you feel, in your bones, that it’s a miraculous gift to be alive.” Seattle Times

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Author Bio: Jenny Odell

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English