Book series:How to Do Nothing《如何无所事事》


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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell is a critique of the forces vying for our attention.

Jenny Odell在作品《如何无所事事:对抗注意力经济》 中批判了争夺我们注意力的各方力量。

It's an action plan to resist the dominant narratives of efficiency and productivity.

It evokes the malaise that arises when our experiences have been collapsed into 24/7 platforms for personal branding or products to be monetized.


By "doing nothing," we can connect with our environment in more meaningful ways and reveal all that we've been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world.

"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 way."


"Distractions can accumulate and keep us from living the lives we want to live, or, even worse, undermine our capacities for reflection and self-regulation."

"I consider 'doing nothing' both as a kind of deprogramming device and as sustenance for those feeling too disassembled to act meaningfully."

"I suggest that we reimagine #FOMO as #NOMO, the necessity of missing out."

Gramma | 语法点

Passive constructions with “have been”

By now you likely have a great deal of experience with using the verb "to be" in the passive voice. Today I'd like to dig a bit deeper.

目前为止,在被动语态中使用“to be”你一定经验非常丰富了,今天就让我们学的再深入一点吧。

Remember, we use the passive voice when we want to focus on the receiver of the action, instead of the doer. We might do this because the actor in the sentence is not important, or perhaps because it is vague or unknowable.


For example:

1:All of their past lies have been finally revealed as the deceptions they are.


2:Internet users all around the country have been affected by the new changes.