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Opinion | In Praise of Mediocrity - The New York Times
Lest this sound suspiciously like an elaborate plea for people to take more time off from work — well, yes. Though I’d like to put the suggestion more grandly: The promise of our civilization, the point of all our labor and technological progress, is to free us from the struggle for survival and to make room for higher pursuits. But demanding excellence in all that we do can undermine that; it can threaten and even destroy freedom. It steals from us one of life’s greatest rewards — the simple pleasure of doing something you merely, but truly, enjoy.
leisure  hobbies  excellence  competitiveness  capitalism  work  neoliberalism  dctagged  dc:creator=WuTim 
october 2018 by petej
how to do nothing – Jenny Odell – Medium
"That’s a strategic function of nothing, and in that sense, you simply could file my talk simply under the heading of self care. But if you do, make it “self care” in the activist sense that Audre Lorde meant it in the 1980s — self preservation as an act of political warfare – and not what it means when it’s been appropriated for commercial ends."

"I’m suggesting that we protect our spaces and our time for non-instrumental, non-commercial activity and thought, for maintenance, for care, for conviviality. And I’m suggesting that we fiercely protect our human animality against all technologies that actively ignore and disdain the body, the bodies of others, and the body of the landscape that we inhabit."
art  architecture  space  time  lateCapitalism  work  labour  leisure  technology  overwork  productivity  coercion  surveillance  culture  BerardiFranco  dctagged  dc:creator=OdellJenny 
july 2017 by petej
Escape to another world | 1843
A life spent buried in video games, scraping by on meagre pay from irregular work or dependent on others, might seem empty and sad. Whether it is emptier and sadder than one spent buried in finance, accumulating points during long hours at the office while neglecting other aspects of life, is a matter of perspective. But what does seem clear is that the choices we make in life are shaped by the options available to us. A society that dislikes the idea of young men gaming their days away should perhaps invest in more dynamic difficulty adjustment in real life. And a society which regards such adjustments as fundamentally unfair should be more tolerant of those who choose to spend their time in an alternate reality, enjoying the distractions and the succour it provides to those who feel that the outside world is more rigged than the game.
work  labour  jobs  employment  unemployment  games  gaming  leisure  escapism  dctagged  dc:creator=AventRyan 
march 2017 by petej
Tom Crewe · The Strange Death of Municipal England: Assault on Local Government · LRB 15 December 2016
The governing political philosophy of the last 35 years has held that the market is best placed to provide for the needs of the people. Local government has been divested of much of its power and independence, leaving the gap between the public and their government to be bridged by private companies, if at all. But it has only ensured that richer Britons are taxed less and poorer ones obliged to spend a much larger proportion of their income on goods they could once have gained for a fraction of the price. In 1981, rent for a council property absorbed less than 7 per cent of an average income; in 2015, for a private tenancy, the figure was 52 per cent (72 per cent in London), far higher than anywhere else in Europe. Soon councils themselves will be floated on the market, cut loose from most of their government funding, with every possibility that they will sink. The institutions that sustained a progressive ‘municipal view of the world’ have been destroyed: the last relics of the expansive, inclusive ‘care-oriented’ state are being shredded. Whatever it does, Theresa May’s top-down, selective ‘protective state’ will not bring them back.
UK  politics  localGovernment  funding  cuts  austerity  policy  welfare  history  publicServices  nationalisation  centralisation  councilTax  control  coercion  accountability  transport  leisure  arts  socialCare  housing  homelessness  OsborneGeorge  PicklesEric  NorthernPowerhouse  mayors  dctagged  dc:creator=CreweTom  councils 
february 2017 by petej
Flipboard: purveyor of light news and fluff, a sign of what is to come
"This is Silicon Valley’s vision of the future of news. Bullshit listicles about reality shows and wine and rock concerts being more important than stories about wars, refugees, terrorism, economic crises and the flow of political power. Thank you, Facebook. Thank you, Upworthy. Thank you, “disruption”. Please go swallow some recycled piss."
Flipboard  news  filtering  selection  SiliconValley  culture  leisure 
july 2015 by petej
Technology and the future of work | Memex 1.1
"The economic and productivity gains that result from these technologies could be used for different purposes other than giving even more to those who already have. And that brings to mind Keynes’s famous essay on “The Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren” in which he saw the possibility that, through technology-driven productivity gains, man “could for the first time since his creation … be faced with his real, his permanent problem — how to use his freedom from pressing economic cares, how to occupy the leisure, which science and compound interest will have won for him, to live wisely and agreeably and well”.

Only politics can ensure that that agreeable prospect comes to pass, however. This isn’t just about technology, in other words.

And now here’s the really strange thing: in all the sturm und drang of our recent election campaign, the implications of computerisation for employment weren’t mentioned once. Not once."
technology  automation  work  labour  jobs  productivity  inequality  capitalism  leisure  politics  dctagged  dc:creator=NaughtonJohn 
may 2015 by petej
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
Driverless cars, pilotless planes … will there be jobs left for a human being? | Technology | The Observer
"'100% unemployment should be our ultimate goal' - Doug Stanhope
We have to find a solution for the increasing automisation of the jobs that currently exist. Unemployment should be seen as an opportunity, not a problem. More and more people will have time to do more creative things, but that has to be fostered and supported by the government, and that has to be paid for by the companies that make huge profits from these robots.
It's no longer feasible for companies to put millions out of work and then be expected not to take some part in caring for them. It's a ridiculous idea.
We need to get off the work train and start providing for people without putting them through hell. There are not enough jobs and there probably never will be again. That means we must support the unemployed, and encourage them to do good things with their time, such as volunteering in the community, and not forcing them to work in a f*cking Tesco.
The age of robotisation is a huge opportunity that we absolutely must use, but we will have to restructure the financial system so that the gains are spread across the whole society, and don't end up in the pockets of the rich while millions live in poverty."
automation  robots  work  employment  jobs  economy  leisure  equality  inequality  unemployment  exclusion 
may 2013 by petej
On the Productivity Desire — Surrounding Signifiers
"Productivity has evolved from necessity to desire. The "productive day" is that distant object toward which we strive but never quite achieve; there is always something else to do, someone else to meet, an email to send, call to return, article to write, conference to attend, lead to follow. We stumble about in the world accomplishing old tasks and discovering new ones. With every completion, three more present themselves, and we have no choice but to write them down, save them for later, vow to check them off the list at some point, complain about how they're piling up, even to the point of lying to ourselves and others about how busy we are, as if it were a matter of pride. We are always overloaded, even when we're not. The potential for more to-do items is perceived as a reality--even if a to-do list is completely empty, we are still busy because you just never know when there will be a flood of new tasks.

It's easy to see how this system of various tasks becomes overwhelming, disorienting, and anxiety-provoking. We eventually cannot separate things we want to do from things we need to do. Work is wrapped up in leisure.

Fearing chaos, we attempt to rationalize and optimize our outputs. Data is input into our sense of being (it becomes who we are), and our desire prompts us to absorb those irrational, chaotic inputs, consume them, digest them, and create a sense of productivity. "
productivity  work  leisure 
february 2013 by petej
Towards a leisure society
"But what really makes this time different, I would argue, is that a lot of the competition is now coming from a) the voluntary and crowd sourcing/open source arena and b) it’s only artificial scarcities (patents, monopoly interests) which are preventing complete democratisation of technologically-fueled abundance across the world. It is thus because monopoly power is slipping, challenged as it is by free alternatives rather than cheaper ones… that the crisis is beginning to manifest.
In a nutshell there is too much leisure time being devoted to productivity. We are too productive at ever cheaper (or free) rates, and as a consequence the pool of salaried jobs (those which must offer a good salary to attract specific skills) is diminishing quickly."
work  labour  leisure  technology  capitalism  pay  wages  jobs  automation 
december 2012 by petej
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