How to Do Nothing

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.

How to Do Nothing

How to Do Nothing

A galvanising critique of the forces vying for our attention – and our personal information – that redefines what we view 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 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, 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 ‘[Odell] wants to give readers permission to be a human, in a body, in a place.’ —The Guardian ‘Thoughtful, compelling, and practical.’—GQ ‘Compelling, provocative and hopeful – a roadmap for stillness and reflection in an age of distraction.’—Jill Stark, author of Happy Never After and When You're Not OK ‘Your chaotic, fraught internal weather isn't an accident, it's a business model, and while “thoughtful resistance” isn't “productive”, Odell proves that it is utterly necessary.’—Cory Doctorow, author of Radicalized and Walkaway 'Nuanced, sympathetic, thoughtful and imaginative, Odell's book explores the ways you can take back your attention without turning your back on the world. If, like me, you are trying to conserve your energy for creative or transformative projects; if you want information and connections but not distraction; if you want less despair, less anxiety and more world-changing action, start here.’ —Jane Rawson, author of From the Wreck and A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists ‘The book we all need to read now. With wonderful precision, passion and artfulness, Odell finds the language to meet this cultural moment. [This is] a joyful manifesto about resistance that is also an eccentric and practical handbook on how to reclaim your colonised and monetised attention.’—Dana Spiotta, author of Innocents and Others

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How to Do Nothing
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Jenny Odell
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-11-05 - Publisher: Black Inc.

A galvanising critique of the forces vying for our attention – and our personal information – that redefines what we view 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
The Courage to Do Nothing
Language: en
Pages: 396
Authors: Bill Flax
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-09 - Publisher: Tate Publishing

Are you fed up with Washington politicizing our economy and bureaucrats more focused on aggrandizing their power than aiding commerce? For many of us, the rhetoric emanating from our government doesn't reflect reality. In The Courage to do Nothing, Bill Flax gives a voice to the angry taxpayer articulating our
Do Nothing!
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Keith Murningham
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-08-30 - Publisher: Penguin UK

Award-winning business professor Keith Murnighan teaches us how doing less will get you more in Do Nothing! Would you like to go on holiday without having to check daily that your team is doing its job? Can you turn off your phone and your email, knowing that everything is under
How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself
Language: en
Pages: 130
Authors: Robert Paul Smith
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-02-23 - Publisher: Tin House Books

The classic guidebook to everything from paper airplanes to spool tanks to slingshots is back in print, and is as fun, inventive, and charming as ever. How to Do Nothing literally tells "how to do nothing with nobody all alone by yourself"—real things, fascinating things, the things that you did
Do Nothing to Get Everything
Language: en
Pages: 150
Authors: Amir Karkouti
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-03-01 - Publisher:

Are You Longing for Clarity, Insight, Understanding, Inner Peace and 'aha' moments? THIS BOOK WILL TELL YOU TO DO NOTHING DOING NOTHING WILL GET YOU EVERYTHING __________________________________ (I think we all secretly know this to be true...) That's All the Advice You Need Matter of Fact That s all the

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