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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

author: Jenny Odell (2019)
date read: 2019-12-26
2020-11-09
pages: 256
lists: nonfiction , psychology
rating: β˜… β˜† β˜† β˜† β˜†

DNF: The writing style was grating for me, and the book opened with such strong tech pessimism (“kids these days don’t know how to talk to each other”, phrased a bit more nicely) that I disengaged very soon. Later she goes on to say that she only objects to commercial social networks, and that she’s sure that decentralised communal ones are perfectly nice, but she had already lost me.

It’s also just … shallow – both the do-nothing part and the “capitalism is out for your brains” part (which is very much written to the liberal Twitter crowd). If the general premise interests you, Bring Me the Rhinoceros would make a much better read, accompanied by any James Scott.


14/ How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell. I didn’t finish this book. Extreme tech pessimism (“kids these days don’t talk to each other” basically) is not something I’m ever in the mood for. https://books.rixx.de/reviews/2020/how-to-do-nothing-resisting-the-attention-economy/
14/ How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell. I didn’t finish this book. Extreme tech pessimism (“kids these days don’t talk to each other” basically) is not something I’m ever in the mood for. https://books.rixx.de/reviews/2020/how-to-do-nothing-resisting-the-attention-economy/ #rixxReads