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How To Do Nothing av Jenny Odell
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How To Do Nothing (utgåvan 2019)

av Jenny Odell (Författare)

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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 book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent"--"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"--… (mer)
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Titel:How To Do Nothing
Författare:Jenny Odell (Författare)
Info:Melville House Publishing (2019), Edition: 01, 192 pages
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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy av Jenny Odell

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Another book spawned by the shock of the 2016 US Presidential election, and the “personal crisis” it caused for the author.

Obvious observations treated as revelations. The author never neglects to remind us that she is “an artist” as if that is supposed to add credibility. ( )
  evenlake | Mar 23, 2021 |
I won’t rate this book with stars because I didn’t finish it, and it wouldn’t be fair to do that without having given it a complete chance. I’ve read several hundred books in the past few years, and this is one of the very few I’ve given up on. I quit about halfway through because it became work, and I just didn’t want to work to read at this point in my life. I think “How to Do Nothing” might be a good book to read for a class with the instruction of someone like the author. Much like “Walden,” but much more challenging in my opinion, it really requires a teacher and the discussion of classmates to do justice to it. I’m always out to learn something, even at my advanced age. I just don’t want to work quite so hard to learn it.
  DanDiercks | Mar 18, 2021 |
One problem I sometimes have when reading nonfiction books is that they start with a bang and then get very tedious. This often happens with argumentative books: the first chapter makes a case for a particular philosophy or idea, and justifies it with very compelling arguments. The following chapters then present several examples of how the idea must apply in practice, ostensibly to give the reader more insight, but all I perceive is the author trying to make the case even more persuasive, even though I was probably already convinced by chapter 1.

Cal Newport (who wrote a bunch of "How to" books) is my quintessential example for this. I don't think I've ever been able to finish a book by him.

This whole introduction is just so I can say that How to Do Nothing is nothing like that. In fact it's not a "How to" book at all. Jenny Odell looks at the so-called "attention economy" at a level a lot deeper than the usual social media detox guides out there. This is valuable because there's nothing uniquely bad about Facebook, it's just very good at exploiting the way humans behave and interact with each other, and quitting Facebook won't bring you much if you don't try to understand how that happens.

The book argues for the necessity of doing nothing, not by quitting everything and becoming a hermit, but by facing this world that wants you to react at everything at all times and reclaiming some time for yourself. And although I was convinced of this even before reading the first chapter (titled "The Case for Nothing"), I found that each subsequent section would bring more insight to the idea, by revealing another facet of it.

"Reclaiming time for yourself" is a bit of a dangerous idea, because we've been conditioned to interpret that as "spending time better". There's a whole industry of productivity self-help books out there based on that interpretation. But ultimately it can only really "reclaim time" in a very narrow sense. Odell rejects this interpretation, inviting us to look into how we want to live our lives, instead of becoming relentless optimizers.

Although it's an argumentative book, and clearly written by an academic (there's a lot of academic and literary quotes), it's also very anecdotal. It's full of stories by Odell, relating her regular spots in Oakland, where she lives, other places she's visited and events she was part of. The stories point to how she got to "Nothing", and also reflect the notion that the journey is necessarily very personal. I just wish there were some pictures; I read the Kindle edition, which didn't have any.
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1 rösta fegolac | Dec 26, 2020 |
This book was a little too cerebral/conceptual/academic for me. I appreciate what the author set out to accomplish, but I don’t think I read it at the right time. If you are looking for a book to motivate you to get off your phone, to separate from social media, and to resist unsustainable dopamine creators like Amazon, then this book is not quite for you. It’s much more than that. ( )
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
When Odell proposes ‘open-ended practices of attention and curiosity’ and ‘seeing into nuanced ecologies of being and identity,’ she is reminding us to take notice of everything that is not us. It is an old recipe for living abundantly and deliberately, but it requires discipline and will.

Snaking through the midst of the banal everyday is a deep weirdness, a world of flowerings, decompositions, and seepages, of a million crawling things, of spores and lacy fungal filaments, of minerals reacting and things being eaten away—all just on the other side of the chain-link fence.
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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 book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent"--"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"--

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