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Full of stimulating ideas. I’ve passed it on to a friend who’s an executive coach. I think one can relate more to the book (and some of the examples) if one is familiar with California.
The work was a little contradictory at times about our relationship with our ‘app-driven devices’. And, I found a mention of the author ‘killing time’ simply bizarre given the underlying emphasis on what might be seen as ‘mindfulness’. Perhaps this was just a figure of speech? That said, I did find the author’s prose style rather clumsy at times. Is this because she writes in American English and I’m a British English writer? Or it might be generational?
I’ve got a background in computing going back to the late 1960s, and was involved with AI work in the mid 1980s. Even then, some of the problematic aspects of technology were evident - if only in embryo. Jenny Odell offers lots of suggestions for resisting but I see little evidence that her impassioned pleas will have much impact on most of those trapped in the ‘Attention Economy’. If one does want to resist (perhaps even ‘drop out’ to some degree) opportunities to do so seem very dependant on how much personal autonomy one enjoys. This is, to be fair, something she recognises.
The one, overwhelming depressing aspect of the book is the assertion that there’s ‘hundreds of designers and engineers predict(ing) and plan(planing) for our every move on these platforms’. In other words, getting us to ‘click’ for reasons that are essentially about generating income for these corporations. In a world facing a myriad of problems from climate change to a global refugee crisis, it’s more than a pity that these talented people can’t find something more constructive to do with their time and energy.
Stand apart if could not retreat into remote mountains like Buddhist do.Pay attention to living surrounding,get familiar with that trees planting around and will found that life is more real and meaningful than that only focus on internet trending.
O livro possui muitas frentes. São vários assuntos em aberto, tentando se encaixar um com o outro. A linguagem é difícil e travada, principalmente pela quantidade de citações. A autora não sabe exatamente que mensagem ela quer passar - mas deixa avisado desde o início. No final, após todos os ramblings e informações desconexas, há um tentativa de recorte-e-cole para elaborar alguma conclusão coerente.
De certa forma há essa coerência. Mas não espere um livro de auto-ajuda com frases feitas e passo a passos. A coerência vem com esforço, eu não sei se me esforcei o suficiente. Muitas ideias se sobressaem: biorregionalismo e o problema da economia da atenção, principalmente - para mim. O Brasil é muito, muito rico culturalmente. Moro no Rio de Janeiro, e o tanto de facetas do povo, da história, da ecologia, da cidade... É desesperador pensar que ainda me pego fixado em questões alienígenas do que focar no meu próprio berço. "Como não fazer nada" é na verdade um convite a como boicotar as tecnologias viciantes e perceber o espaço em que vive, e no tempo que seja necessário para que se perceba essa espaço.
O mundo físico, o contato olho no olho com outras pessoas, sentir a natureza, observar a ecologia em que estamos inseridos. Esse é o convite do livro, é o seu fazer nada.
Very well written and thought out. Helpful to me professionally and personally. Quite academic tone in complex language, not a plain language "how to". Author makes useful linkages to other concepts and other times in history. Quite a validating perspective overall.
(Note: two updates included below this first impression)
Does this author have any insights of her own? Almost every page just references other people’s thoughts in a meandering fashion. I wish I had a dime for every time she writes, “It reminds me of...[enter other person’s work].” Then that person’s thoughts remind her of another person’s thoughts. The author would have been more considerate of our time if she’d just written an article (because HER message, which DOES have value, could be summed up in a few paragraphs) and then left a list of references for further reading. I regret this purchase.
Update: I added a star because I decided maybe this is just some new artistic type of genre: a collage of works connected to a specific topic.
Update #2: I shelved this book for months before reading the last few chapters. I now see that I was too harsh in my initial encounter with it. True, the constant referencing is distracting at first, but I got used to that writing voice and was able to glean much from her observations. I’m now thankful she chose to have this conversation with us, and I believe it to be a very important conversation for today. During the last decade, I felt like my “soul” was being slowly vacuumed away and I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was happening. This book helped me identify one of the reasons I felt that way, and it encouraged me as I’ve reclaimed agency in my existence. Full of gratitude for this read.
This book was the exact break that I needed as a college student in a society that revolves around productivity and social media. Through several anecdotes, she reveals the extent to which humans have become addicted to being productive, and highlights the immorality of the attention economy, an economy in which corporations profit from their users' attention. Most importantly, she shares the importance of being in the present, and how it leads to true happiness for ourselves and for those around us. As a millennial herself, her approach to sharing her arguments felt less like a lecture, and more like a journey that leads to valuable conclusions. I fully recommend this book to those who feel overwhelmed and are willing to have their perspectives changed. The book jumps from anecdote to anecdote which can be tedious for some. But again, productivity is not the priority. Reading this book was an enjoyable way for me to realize the value of my attention and the importance of putting my attention into the right things.
I picked this book up thinking it would be about trying to shut down, but the book was more about a lecture on balance. I felt it could have used less lecture and less discussion on other books, and focused more on shutting down but I did feel the balance was good to take away. In this age of pulling your attention, its best to resist what's not important and allow it only when it is. And its something I think we all need to do.
If you’re looking for a manual on how to do nothing, or to even resist the attention economy, you’re looking at the wrong book. This book goes into detail in contextualizing the attention economy and how it can’t be solved without looking at the grand scheme of things such as lack of connection to nature. The writer rambles quite a bit about her bird watching, which I didn’t particularly care about. But maybe that was the point. The book gave me food for thought and I ended up reducing drastically my social media usage and focused on being present.
this book was dense, and a bit hard for me to get through. The kind of book you have to read in small pieces, but the content was excellent. A number of things I never thought she would go into. Great layout of new ideas and was a book I continued thinking about for weeks later.