How To Do Nothing: Resisting The Attention Economy
By Robert Raymond
Posted December 9, 2019
A lot of it boils down to this idea that time is money. That’s been the case for a long time, but time has become money in a more complete way than it has been before. And also in more granular ways that are much more part of everyday life, stretching outside of what we would call work and also into the way we view ourselves.
So in a purely capitalist system anything that can’t be appropriated or sold is seen as superfluous or useless. It’s an especially ruthless framework when you apply it to how you imagine yourself and the parts of yourself that are not “valuable.” And it not only threatens these parts of ourselves, but it also threatens our environment. There are places that don’t appear productive but that are actually hugely necessary to everything else. So there are important parts of ourselves and parts of the environment that are not recognized from a purely capitalist framework. More…