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Artistic autonomy and subsumption – The New Inquiry
"But the perspective that somehow people can be artists outside of capitalism, or prior to their experience of capitalism, is wrong. It’s not that artists are born artists, then capitalism corrupts them. It’s that capitalism sets up a situation where people with certain means can experience themselves as artists and try to move away from more determined-seeming modes of subejctivity within capitalism. The “artists” have the wherewithal and the habitus to try to distance themselves from wage drudgery and meaningless work and declare themselves autonomous — but within capitalism. It’s a measure of capitalism’s continued success and expansion that more and more people feel confident in describing themselves as creative, as artists. The neoliberalist turn hinges precisely on this, that more and more people can imagine themselves artists — in part because ordinary consumption has become a mode of personal expression, in part because capital has placed various forms of audience-building media at nearly every nonimpoverished individual’s disposal, in part because every scrap of one’s life gets turned to account as reputation, as human capital. We get an audience for our creative autonomy in action, a scenario which depends on (is subsumed by) the apparatus of communicative capitalism. If we are being “creative” without an audience, it no longer registers as an expression of autonomy; social media has crowded out the space in which an individual could be content to create without spectators. Now that is simply a failure of nerve, not independence — it’s too easy to circulate one’s gestures of creativity to rest easy in obscurity."
capitalism  art  creativity  subsumption  autonomy  marketisation  work  leisure  entrepreneurialism  neoliberalism  dctagged  dc:creator=HorningRob 
april 2014 by petej
How British workers are losing the power to think | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian
After years of research, Brown and his colleagues talk about a future workforce in which only 10-15% will have "permission to think". The rest of us will merely carry out their decisions; what the academics call "digital Taylorism", in which graduates will end up on the white-collar equivalent of a factory line. Think call centres rather than groovy offices and you're most of the way there.
work  automation  Taylorism  autonomy  technology  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya 
december 2011 by petej

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