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Come non fare niente

Stare senza far nulla, nell’era in cui appena ci annoiamo abbiamo un riflesso pavloviano e prendiamo lo smartphone in mano, è un’impresa. In questo senso il libro di Jenny Odell How to do nothing è manna dal cielo. L’inizio promette molto bene:

Nothing is harder to do than nothing. In a world where our value is determined by our productivity, many of us find our every last minute captured, optimized, or appropriated as a financial resource by the technologies we use daily. We submit our free time to numerical evaluation, interact with algorithmic versions of each other, and build and maintain personal brands. For some, there may be a kind of engineer’s satisfaction in the streamlining and networking of our entire lived experience. And yet a certain nervous feeling, of being overstimulated and unable to sustain a train of thought, lingers. Though it can be hard to grasp before it disappears behind the screen of distraction, this feeling is in fact urgent. We still recognize that much of what gives one’s life meaning stems from accidents, interruptions, and serendipitous encounters: the “off time” that a mechanistic view of experience seeks to eliminat

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  1. Se avessi i soldi, io saprei benissimo come vivere senza far nulla 🙂
    Almeno inteso nel senso della citazione che riporti …

    Se dovessi soltanto ‘meditare’ direi che non varrebbe la pena viverla quella vita. Se invece potessi viaggiare…

  2. I WANT TO be clear that I’m not actually encouraging anyone to stop doing things completely. In fact, I think that “doing nothing”—in the sense of refusing productivity and stopping to listen—entails an active process of listening that seeks out the effects of racial, environmental, and economic injustice and brings about real change. I consider “doing nothing” both as a kind of deprogramming device and as sustenance for those feeling too disassembled to act meaningfully.

    Dallo stesso libro

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