How to Do Nothing
Jenny Odell's How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy is somewhere between a self-help guide and a manifesto, defying "the invasive logic of commercial social media, and its financial incentive to keep us in a profitable state of anxiety, envy, and distraction.” Odell proposes modes of defiant participation in the internet age; a reclaiming of the control of one's own attention in an economy that seeks to capitalize on it.
About the Author
Jenny Odell is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer based in Oakland, California. Odell's work generally involves acts of close observation, whether it's birdwatching, collecting screen shots, or trying to parse bizarre forms of e-commerce. She is compelled by the ways in which attention (or lack thereof) leads to consequential shifts in perception at the level of the everyday.