Digital Detox

By Organic Books

By Organic Books

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Jenny Odell

$26.99 $24.83

Jenny Odell's first book is warm, rambling and gorgeous. The prose is lush and the ideas come thick and heavy. Not the sort of "how to" book I expected: better in every way.

You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

Jaron Lanier

$16.00

Lanier was one of the pioneers of VR and is deeply enmeshed in Silicon Valley culture, which makes his anti-tech attitudes all the more interesting.

How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life

Catherine Price

$12.99 $11.95

I haven't read this one yet. It has great reviews as both a critique of technology and a literal how-to guide. Excited to try it!

The Big Activity Book for Digital Detox

Erin Williams and Jordan Reid

$18.00 $16.56

Life Unplugged: A Digital Detox Workbook

Meleah Bowles and Elise Williams Rikard

$16.99

Team Human

Douglas Rushkoff

$23.95 $22.03

Written as a hundred small essays, the flagship book of Rushkoff's Team Human podcast tries to get in touch with what it means to be on the side of humanity in a world increasingly controlled by technology.

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

Douglas Rushkoff

$17.00

Rushkoff's previous book is more journalistic in style and presents a coherent argument that our horizons of thought have shortened even more than our attention spans.

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Jaron Lanier

$13.00 $11.96

Lanier's latest work is a short attack on what he calls the BUMMER economy: Behavior of Users Modified and Made into an Empire for Rent (yeah, it's a stretch). He points out that it's not "tech" that's ruining our lives, but specifically the companies that sell our attention and our behaviors in the form of ad tech.

Who Owns the Future?

Jaron Lanier

$20.00 $18.40

Lanier's best book, I think. He analyzes not only the technologies that control our lives, but the economics behind them. A very interesting look at the way the future could have been, and what we can do now to make a difference. Lanier's a musician, so his thoughts on piracy and streaming in the music industry are enlightening.

New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future

James Bridle

$16.95 $15.59

Another one I haven't got my hands on yet. James Bridle is one of the wisest voices in tech criticism. He's the guy who put a salt circle around a self-driving car and effectively trapped it because it couldn't cross the white line. I trust the book is as incredible as his other works.