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  • How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
  • by Jenny Odell
  • Read: Jun 19, 2021
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy book cover

This was one of those books that I started reading with a lot of expectations that it would be similar to Digital Minimalism and tell me a lot of things that I already kinda knew. But I was completely surprised by it. The book is much more about what to do instead of following the pull of the attention economy, rather than why it’s bad. There is some of that in there as well of course. However the fascinating part of the book is much more the fact that it kinda acts like a nice guide about how to re-engage with your physical surroundings, your city, countryside, and neighborhood. The real things around you. It took me a while to realize that and read the book with that in mind. And I definitely struggled early on as there was way more talk about the dropout communities of the 70s that I really was interested in. But after finishing the book I definitely have a new-found appreciation of my neighborhood and the nature around me. It was a very positive read and in the end not really about “doing nothing”