Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable, and Smart
Reviews and Awards
Selected as a 2018 Nautilus Award Winner.
"With her wide-ranging Slow Media survey, Jennifer Rauch brings to the maturing Slow News Movement an experiential explanation that slow has its place throughout the media landscape – it's not just a pushback against the nonstop news cycle. As she navigates her own experiments living free from cell phones and the internet, Rauch encounters fellow travelers suffering digital exhaustion. But this is no mere chronicle of complaints. Readers gently are guided by her own and other's examples toward a life with enough media-free time to enjoy their slow food." - Peter Laufer, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
"In a landscape where infinite acceleration has become the default way of developing technology, doing business, and running an economy, Jennifer Rauch sees a growing number of people pushing back against the mandate to scale. Here is a compelling argument for why less is more, and how media can once again promote human existence more proportioned to human beings." - Douglas Rushkoff, Author of 'Program or Be Programmed,' 'Present Shock,' and 'Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus'
"In this insightful book, Jennifer Rauch prompts us to reflect on mediated communication and digital media through a critique of speed in daily life. She persuasively argues that slow media enable deep thinking about technological progress, contemporary 'connected' culture and online relations. This is a powerful corrective to media scholarship that increasingly takes the online world for granted." - Chris Atton, Professor of Media and Culture, Ediburgh Napier University, and author of 'An Alternative Internet' (2004) and 'Alternative Journalism' (2008)
"In this spirited, sane, and savvy manifesto, Jennifer Rauch shows us how to forge a better relationship with digital media. A book to be devoured — slowly." - Carl Honoré, Author of In Praise of Slow and The Slow Fix
"We can long for glue pots and wire tickers that tick away in newsroom corners, or we can read books like Rauchâs and come to grips with a new philosophy on how to do things differently, and maybe better and smarter before the news biz dies." - J. Marren, Buffalo State College