You Owe Me One you how to free up space inour life for what is important with the focus however being on economically important workcraft How to Do Nothing is at the other end this doesn t discuss actually doing nothing at all with Debbie Browns Dream Wedding Cakes your life but making space for the the ephemeral soul growing type things which make us human that aren t and can never be uantified by an economy as useful Things such as this can include communing with nature sitting in parks walks hikes gardening the like connecting with strangersyour community art in all contextual mediums personal activities such as makingour own autonomous choices about what to readwatchenjoy and others However the bulk of Odells book spends too much of its time explaining the cultural historical and empirical evidence for how the author herself does nothing via birdwatching bird listening rather creatingspeaking about art trying to reconnect with her Bay Area landneighborhoodswhich is all great for her but doesn t necessarily connect with the reader and it didn t connect with me at all Even her final chapter bit about social media provided no new insights other than what Second Son (Jack Reacher, you d probably discuss withour own friendsfamily or overhear at a coffee shopWhile I do appreciate her own insights I didn t feel that this book accomplished what it sought out to do how to do nothing implies a methodology an organized way of thinking through a process even if the process is philosophical than material which was lacking here Perhaps this had better been called I did Nothing And Resisted the Attention Economy I found an Advanced Reader s Copy of this book at the library where I work so I was able to read this before the public gets to it this April None of the other librarians had taken it and I usually don t end up reading ARCs but after looking at the cover a couple times I found myself genuinely intrigued As I finished the first chapter I knew that I was going to read the entire thing I am personally in a state of constant love and hate as well as inspiration and anxiety in terms of my relationship to social media particularly Instagram and this book spoke volumes to me about a term that is curiously not found anywhere within these pages mindfulness Odell probably omitted that word intentionally as her goal in her personal and business life does not want to seduce readers into hot and trending terminology as we know mindfulness has become over the past few United States of Americana years Instead she clearly explains her goals with the book right away determined to tell us that How To Do Nothing Resisting The Attention Economy is not about convincing anyone to delete their social media accounts or to optimize their life via a mindset based on positivity or to learn how to focus on what it isou really want rather than caring about what others are telling ou to want Nor is it a scathing critiue of the political andor libidinal economy Rather what Odell is talking about in her book is this simply a contemporary understanding of time and space But instead of these terms becoming vague philosophical abstractions she roots the concepts of time and space in a sensible context that of the here and nowOdell does not hide behind a mask of non identity She talks about where she grew up and nowOdell does not hide behind a mask of non identity She talks about where she grew up California her half Filipino identity despite never being to the Philippines her experiences in the fast paced corporate world of Silicone Valley her boyfriend her father her friends her home life and hobbies bird watching her affinity for the art world and she uses all of her experiences to draw out a fascinating map of history geography and present socio political circumstance that surprisingly at least for the next few ears will be able to speak to everyone that grew up with the proliferation of technology Taking this personal vantage point Odell traces back to the communes of the 1960s explains what worked about them and what didn t prepare ourself for a brilliant deconstruction of social design versus social activism She goes back to Ancient Greece and reminds us of the cynic Diogenes who lived life of resistance among the very community he denounced She describes something that happened not too long ago in California the strike of longshoremen who were over worked by manual labor and the string of problems they encountered and how they began to work to solve them How does this work into her title How To
Do Nothing Well her argument is that and I agree sometimes when ou do nothing ou actuallyNothing Well her argument is that and I agree sometimes when ou do nothing Lost Horizon you actually to pay attention to what s actually happening outside ofourself and conseuently begin to engage with the world in a new nuanced and intentional way a way that understands context which can be horrifyingly forgotten in the virtual realm and a way that understands the self in relation to everything else In a word doing nothing enables us to interact with the environment intelligently Using herself as an example she explains her love for art via a review of her fascination with the art of David Hockney via her interpretations of Thoreau via her analysis of writers native to this land She comes up with the concept of bioregionalism an acknowledgement of the natural world that is understood as both specific to geography True Prosperity yet contingent on all other geographies within the worldYou will find much about the expected or not topic of exploitative algorithms of current internet platforms A topic always due for a reiteration Keep in mind that this information is coming from first hand accounts of someone who worked in the industry for a time Most importantlyou will find much about a form of presence that is inherently organic and ecological something I think humanity is dire need of as we go through an almost traumatic and actually traumatic for many loss of natural resources we inhabit a culture that privileges novelty and growth over the cyclical and regenerative Our very idea of productivity is premised on the idea of producing something new whereas we do not tend to see maintenance and care as productive in the same wayThis book is a product of the 21st century and it by no means intends to bring ou something innovative and new Odell s writing is a reiteration and underlining of stuff we have all heard before stuff that Odell writes with enough attention intention and care that #is becomes authentic Now hurry up and read the book before authenticity becomes the newest commodity Just kidding But read the #becomes authentic Now hurry up and read the book before authenticity becomes the newest commodity Just kidding But read the before it s too late Voluntate studio disciplina Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestWhile reading this book I kept thinking about this article I read once while crammed onto the packed and sweaty train In one of many social media influencer scandals a raw vegan lifestyle influencer was coming under fire because she was caught eating a meat dish while out at a restaurant with friends Needless to say it was the internet and people were MAD And es Dr. Witchs Animal Hospital you migh. This thrilling critiue of the forces vying for our attention re defines what we think of as productivity shows us a new way to connect with our environment and reveals all that we’ve been too distracted to see about. T say that she had every right to eat that meat it is her life But whenou are manufacturing Search Marketing Strategies your entire brand around the idea that eating meat is bad and raw vegan is better the message starts to ring a little false ifou don t walk the walk or veg the veg You know what they say talk is cheap Her life was her brand and she went off brand and people felt dupedJenny Odell doesn t do anything so deceptive in her book HOW TO DO NOTHING but the message rings similarly false for a wide variety of reasons It isn t that I don t believe she isn t living her brand it s that her brand comes at a cost that is really not affordable for a very large number of peopleFirst a caveat on Goodreads this is shelved as self help and psychology it is neither This is a philosophical treatise on how the author feels that we can live in a better world by disengaging from the attention economy and finding authentic meaningful things to focus on instead of spending all our time on social media on that to come It reads a lot like the lifestyle influencer s hot take on THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A FCK another book that cherry picked its way into an argument and really annoyed me Maybe I just shouldn t be reading philosophy self helps The author is an artist and an art teacher at Stanford which she will mention several times One of the things she suggests focusing on instead of social media is art as well as nature There are many passages where she waxes on the transformative nature of art and the many museums she s had the pleasure of exploring in the Bay Area There is a sort of intellectual snobbery placed here in the subtext things like social media are reduced to shouting into the void and one can t help but feel like one is down in the stands while the author sneers from her the sky box in her high tower Oh the rabble one can t help but feel she is projecting with this mindset Mired in their Facebooks and their Pinterests like the opiates of the masses as she waters an artisinal fern Art and nature are wonderful but those are things that are not readily consumed by all and often reuire privilege to access and I think it s offensive to deduce that there are no meaningful conversations or discoveries occurring on the internet where discourse and art are shared freely Plus not everyone is going to get something out of nature and art and they will not enjoy it to the same degree The internet offers many opportunities to those who might otherwise have none and even though social media is by no means a perfect democracy it has helped democratize information and resources and help others be seen who might not otherwise have been seen The author is a proponent of bioregionalism which I had to look up and is apparently according to the Oxford dictionary belief that human activity should be largely restricted to distinct ecological and geographical regions Which again smacks of privilege because this is coming from someone who lives in the Bay Area and freely consumes the fresh produce natural parks abundant artworks and cultural diversity that thrives here But what if No Capital Required you live somewhere where there s a food desert in a low income region of a big city where getting fresh food let alone local food might be difficult or even impossible What ifou live in a climate with freuent poor weather conditions or where resources to better oneself are few Bioregionalism only really works in regions that thrive already regions in other words with privilege The author seems to place a very high premium on authenticity and uniue experiences hence the nature and art She frowns on algorithms for being too comfortable and for preventing those outlier experiences that may prove to be transformative the example here is that Spotify gives her a chill mix but she finds enjoyable songs from other genres on the radio She bemoans how Burning Man has essentially become a glamping corporate retreat and Programming in Swift yearns for those rustic days of illicit bonfires and bare bones exchanges of gifts and resources But this too is a sort of privilege it implies that one has the time and resources to risk a purchase or experience that isn t familiar comfortable or safe Not everyone can afford such a luxury and while algorithms have their problems I m thinking of that article that showed how watching right wing videos on YouTube gradually takesou down a rabbit hole of extremism that results in racist fascist rhetoric they are not completely evil I actually found #This Author S Book #author s book Goodreads s recommendation algorithm it was suggested reading for Marie Kondo s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up which is hilarious because that is another book that also FAILS TO CHECK ITS OWN PRIVILEGE to check its own privilege probably appeals to the same demographic as this one To her credit the author does make a last ditch effort in the conclusion to say that she understands that nature and art are not readily accessible everywhere and that one should not finish this book leaving with just one conclusion So it s clear she does have some degree of self awareness when it comes to the accessibility of her message But when the entire book is built on condemning everything that makes social media easy and addictive and building up luxuries as necessities it s hard to swallow that message and not grimace At the end of the day social media is like medicine or a tool something that can be abused and become dangerous in the wrong hands but that serves a purpose and is essential for carrying out certain functions or making things run well I recently received a digital detox workbook which I ended up discarding because I found it too frustrating With the work that I do I can t afford to just step away from email for the day With Black Lives Matter happening right now there s been a lot of controversy about creators influencers and social media presences who have chosen to step away from social media rather than get involved And I get that refusing to get involved in protests against civil rights violations is a VERY different matter from turning off Spotify or not using email for the day but both scenarios carry with the the same basic fundamental elements of privilege the only people who can afford to step away from the conversations are the people who already know that they won t be negatively impacted by the outcome Black individuals can t step away from the Black Lives Matter movement They don t get to block and curate their way to a safe space where the unpleasant discourse goes away Black Lives Matter is their reality their conversation and it s one that they are fighting to change Similarly people who don t have land lines or who might not live near a library and rely on Facebook and the web for their important day to day communications and essential information can t afford to go dark for their own mental health and the transformative experiences that await them in the wilderness or the financial or artisinal districts of their nearest cities might be too far to drive to Those living in rural or low income places devoid of natural or physical resources can t step away from the conversation that keeps everything runningThere s a chart in psychology called Maslow s Hierarchy of Needs that basically states that ou can t really focus
on self actualization until all of our basic needs are met This book would have ou skip right to the topself actualization until all of our basic needs are met This book would have Girls Like Us you skip right to the top while it s nice ifou re at that point and things are working so well for ou a lot of people aren t at that place and some of them never will be HOW TO DO NOTHING is a book that only appeals to a very niche demographic and it appeals to a demographic with a very specific range of hobbies and interests which might not be shared by all I found it inc. Our selves and our worldWhen the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 247 availability platforms for personal branding and products to be monetized nothing can be uite so radical as doing nothi.
Jenny Odell Ê 5 ReadRedibly frustrating and irritating by turns and only finished out of a sense of stunned awe I m sure this author is not advocating a total cessation of social media and maybe if she had framed her points better and focused on points that were relatable this would have been a much better book But in the beginning she issues a caveat essentially saying that this book wouldn t be linear and doesn t take ou to any specific conclusion and that she changes her mind several times paraphrased Which okay That sounds like a cop out to me and if The Invisible Presence you re not sure what the message is of the conversation thatou d rather we d have instead why should we bother to listenOf course this is my reading of this book and Clickbank Affiliate Marketing Profits Right Now your own opinion may vary drastically from mine I write this as someone who loves art and culture eats locally and tries to enjoy nature whenever she can but also as someone who understands that it is my privilege that enables me to enjoy these things I also write this as a blogger and creator who heavily relies on social media to do my work and has perfected the art of shouting into the void to achieve meaningful discourse I can see why HOW TO DO NOTHING appeals to so many but I also completely sympathize with every negative review where the writer found the book too pretentious or too privileged to relate toFor many it will be1 star A thoughtful steadying book about the importance of doing nothing in a capitalist culture that always encourages productivity Instead of providing hard and fast strategies to disengage from work and social media Jenny Odell offers of a smart flowing reflection on the importance of separating ourselves from feeling like we have to work feeling like we have to broadcast our lives on social media 247 She makes lots of astute observations about the monetization of time and the value of our attention as well as the privilege that comes with the capacity to disconnect from our jobs and from forums like Facebook She channels her energy into bioregionalism and encourages us to attune ourselves to our direct physical environments Reading this book felt like going on a serene walk with a smartet unpretentious friend Odell s ideas while calmly expressed carry great implications for redirecting our focus into our relationships and our environment instead of performing busyness and subsuming our identities in our productivity At times I wanted just a bit oomph like a directive stance on how we can actually fuel a shift to often do nothing either on the individual level or the societal level Yet Odell does provide small Sticky Wisdom yet significant examples of that both through what she shares of her own life and the artists she alludes to So how could it happen that even not within a generation all humans have been transformed into smombies and what happens when someone stops getting permanent outer input and listening to all inner voices and solilouies Cleaning silence awareness for each moment or ta da mindfulnessOne must imagine what the extremely slight context to other topics of all this information dump does to brain logic and mind The focus that originates from reading a book working writing thinking etc doesn t come in these cases at the cost of real effort but with easy and sweet intermittent positive reinforcement Emotional funny shocking and most important frightening news flashes tweets burning hot latest news kitten and food porn And similar kind of as I heard a friend of a friend recently talk about There is pretty much capacity for getting lost in the social network dragnets controlled by ominous spiders and the desire to acuire some of those precious pretty products and to fear some of those gritty evil immigrant communist terrorist leftist grows Again a huge real life experiment in how messed up brains get in as less time as possible especially including VR AR and and realistic video game graphicsThis book has a philosophical approach than Digital Minimalism How to break up withour phone etc It s about digging deeper probably asking Hm who could benefit from this development of tailored filter bubbles and news brought to
each device Even people who know that newspapers TV news channels etc aren t reallydevice Even people who know that newspapers TV news channels etc aren t really tend to believe their personalized newsfeed I mean it comes from friends family and is related to hobbies and all such feel good stuff so it can t be that bad Except for turning one in a permanent passive easy to manipulate recipient of permanent mind spam that eats away lifetimeAs a solution the author presents bioregionalism less consumerism decentralization and the average suspects for a better world but as long as humans don t realize the grade and sophistication of media and news manipulation those noble ideas and ideals are chanceless against glittering glamorous gamification and shopaholism An untrained mind is not just like a monkey it is an easy to trick one that OMG I need that product I didn t even know about now eats each shiny banana given by a stranger no matter how poisonous and filled with psychoactive indoctrination drugs it might be Now please go and click the banana like button under this objective and true review if Online Marketing you wantellow enjoymentA wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this Spoiled yuck ugh boo completely overrated real life outside books It s hard for me to reconcile that the fundamental things the author talks about in this book the attention economy its link to capitalism how we all need to slow down and think about what we re doing are all true andet the tone is just so smug lecturing and talking down at the reader from the lofty heights of liberal academia as opposed to rooted in the real world where the reader is with the problem at hand To give ou an idea of one of the sentences If we think about what it means to concentrate or pay attention at an individual level it implies alignment different parts of the mind and even the body acting in concert and oriented towards the same thingWhy not just say Concentrating means the body and the mind working togetherThe whole book is like this very hard to get through meandering through the author s personal journey and a checklist of philosophers who are too much to take in at times It s a real shame because the message at its core is very good Collective self help for middle class leftist intelligentsia Has the feeling of taking a leisurely stroll with our loony hippie friend who is at once an overeducated ecosocialist and a crackpot Zen mind hacker You have no idea why she loves birdwatching so much to her it s a proto spiritual experience to Healing Herbs Spices you it seems superficially like playing Pok mon Go nor canou figure out how she affords to live on the Oakland Piedmont border without a full time job The slick meta takeaway is that the very act of reading this book is an exercise in the kind of deliberate anti productivity that Odell #Is Urging Can T Decide If This #urging Can t decide if this 2 or 4 stars so I ll give it a 3 This was a strange meandering prone to tangents uirky book but I really enjoyed it I think a lot of people would feel that it was too meandering but as an audiobook I liked hearing Odell s thoughts on how the attention economy and hustle culture is affecting our lives full disclosure i literally only had one page
to read in this book but i left my backpack with it inside a chipotle anyways it changed my life First I understand the negative reviews of this book The title is misleading as this is not at all a how to on unplugging or leaving social media for that maybe read Cal Newport s Digital Minimalism or Catherine Price s How to Break Up With Your Phone Instead it s a really well researched book on some abstract and sometimes seem. Ng 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 meaningfully connected in the proces.left to read in this book but i left my backpack with it inside a chipotle anyways it