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Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good - The New York Times
All of this has led to a curious new reality: Human contact is becoming a luxury good.

As more screens appear in the lives of the poor, screens are disappearing from the lives of the rich. The richer you are, the more you spend to be offscreen.

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The wealthy can afford to opt out of having their data and their attention sold as a product. The poor and middle class don’t have the same kind of resources to make that happen.
care  automation  technology  inequality  wealth  luxury  class  education  schools  children  teaching  community  isolation  SiliconValley 
23 days ago by petej
keep seeing people angry about ‘misuse’ of the term emotional labour so thought I would try and articulate some of the uses I see both within and outside of the canonical definition, what seems to be driving the expanded uses of the term and why they
keep seeing people angry about ‘misuse’ of the term emotional labour so thought I would try and articulate some of the uses I see both within and outside of the canonical definition, what seems to be driving the expanded uses of the term and why they might be important. THREAD!!!
emotionalLabour  work  labour  care 
august 2018 by petej
Who needs low-skill migrants anyway? | Flip Chart Fairy Tales
Just because these workers are low paid it doesn’t mean that they are not necessary. The government may be hell-bent on reducing the number of low-skill migrants but it isn’t telling us how it plans to deal with the consequences. People might not complain too much when they can’t get salad on a hot day but when their hospital is full and they can’t get help for their elderly relatives they will blame the government.

The government is under pressure to ‘do something’ about immigration. The trouble is, what it seems to be proposing is based on flawed assumptions and may well cause more problems than it solves. The fact is, we need these so-called lower skilled migrants as much as we need the engineers, scientists and doctors. But perhaps people won’t realise that until they have gone.
UK  EU  Brexit  immigration  migration  migrants  work  labour  jobs  skills  food  care  recruitment 
september 2017 by petej
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