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Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs | News | The Guardian
As with free-market capitalism in general, the worse work gets, the harder it is to imagine actually escaping it, so enormous are the steps required
work  utopian  economics  2018  davidgraeber  labour 
january 2018 by jju
Dwarf Fortress: A Marxist Analysis | Notes & Commentaries
Nonetheless, the game Dwarf Fortress is amenable to a Marxist analysis precisely by understanding its relationship to the central characteristics of the feudal mode of production.
dwarffortress  economics  feudalism  games  2013  marxism  analysis 
october 2013 by jju
Savage Minds Interview: Sarah Kendzior
Every grad school path is unique, but almost all lead to the same dead end: a contingency market in which you must have both personal wealth and a willingness to accept your own exploitation to stay in the game.
education  gradschool  economics  anthropology  journalism  2013 
may 2013 by jju
‘Time-wars’ by Mark Fisher
Only prisoners have time to read, and if you want to engage in a twenty-year long research project funded by the state, you will have to kill someone.
culture  economics  time  work  capitalism  2012  prison  reading 
august 2012 by jju
The Business Model is Broken. Pay for Stuff Anyway
I said above that we should pay for content and I stand by that. However, I don’t feel that we should passively accept restrictions on the use of that content. For example: I have a large collections of Kindle books that I have purchased from Amazon. While breaking technological protection measures is technically a violation of the DMCA, I’ve learned how to break those measures and I’ve learned how convert my kindle format books to .epub (an open ebook standard) that will work on other devices. Also, while I pay a ton of money each month for a TV package with many premium channels, if the DVR metadata is screwed up (it often is) and my shows don’t record; I’ve learned how to find the .torrent files for these shows and download them.

Respecting the creator’s right to make a living off of their work is not the same thing as passively accepting the restrictions put in place by Big Content. For example, region restrictions on DVD/Bluray discs are stupid. If I want to buy British TV shows, they should allow me to. Back in the day, I bought a DVD player and hacked it to be region agnostic. Then I could buy my Spaced, Black Books, and Long Way Round episodes from amazon.co.uk and watch them. I’ve decided to empower myself to choose when and how I access my media and content. One legitimate use of region codes is to allow content to be sold at different prices in different markets. So I don’t choose to buy cheap discs from the third world to play on my region-agnostic player. I’ve decided to draw the line at using this power to cut through silly restrictions, but not to do an end run around paying the creators for their work.
copyright  tech  ethics  music  art  economics  2012  @share 
july 2012 by jju
The Straight Dope
One of the themes of The Wire really was that statistics will always lie. Statistics can be made to say anything. You show me anything that depicts institutional progress in America: school test scores, crime stats, arrest reports, anything that a politician can run on, anything that somebody can get a promotion on, and as soon as you invent that statistical category, fifty people in that institution will be at work trying to figure out a way to make it look as if progress is actually occurring when actually no progress is.
davidsimon  interview  politics  thewire  usa  crime  economics 
april 2011 by jju
The Future of Blogs is Paid Access
There is something missing from Kevin Kelly’s 1000 True Fans method. It is fine for artists, for producers of actual artifacts, artists, etc. This is one reason Seth Godin’s Domino Project is so interesting. It cuts middlemen out. But it still requires the creation of an artifact… of a product.
What if YOU were the product?
I believe that what people want when they read your book, when they come to see you speak, or sing, or when they buy art from you– I believe that what they actually want is you.
product  marketing  blogs  lifestyle  subscription  economics  21c  future 
february 2011 by jju
The Rise of the New Global Elite
Take, for example, Stephen Jennings, the 50-year-old New Zealander who co-founded the investment bank Renaissance Capital. Renaissance’s roots are in Moscow, where Jennings maintains his primary residence, and his business strategy involves positioning the firm to capture the investment flows between the emerging markets, particularly Russia, Africa, and Asia. For his purposes, New York is increasingly irrelevant. In a 2009 speech in Wellington, New Zealand, he offered his vision of this post-unipolar business reality: “The largest metals group in the world is Indian. The largest aluminum group in the world is Russian … The fastest-growing and largest banks in China, Russia, and Nigeria are all domestic.”

As it happens, a fellow tenant in Jennings’s high-tech, high-rise Moscow office building recently put together a deal that exemplifies just this kind of intra-emerging-market trade.
culture  global  economy  money  politics  economics  rich  elite 
january 2011 by jju
The East India Company Ltd – reborn and renewed
Who knew the East India COmpany had a reimagining? Like Star Trek.
india  history  economics  business  food 
january 2011 by jju

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