How to Do Nothing

How to Do Nothing

Resisting the Attention Economy

Book - 2019
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"When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for personal branding, and products to be monetized, nothing can be quite so radical as doing nothing. Here, Jenny Odell sends up a flare from the heart of Silicon Valley, delivering an action plan to resist capitalist narratives of productivity and techno-determinism, and to become more meaningfully connected in the process"--
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY :, Melville House,, [2019]
Description: xxiii, 232 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781612197494
Branch Call Number: 303.4833 Ode


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Sep 01, 2019

This was a gem of a book. It took me off on so many tangents of thought; and introduced me to several ideas/people that I had never heard of, like Pauline Oliveros well known for Deep Sound techniques; mesh technology, something to do with open access; context collapse, the idea that SM feeds overwhelm us with information divorced from any context, thus making it easy to gather information, but more difficult to assess or care about that information. Jenny Odell is a young graphic media artist, and speaks in the language of young techies. She has such important ideas, and invites readers to really think about the attention economy, the built-in business of persuasion, and its impact on ourselves and our world.

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