Civic hacking postscript

Here’s a link to the audio from the Civic Hacking panel at the Digital Labor conference last weekend. Thanks to everyone who attended and followed the discussion online. We ran this as a series of position statements on key terms that interest us in the study of civic hacking. This is the result of ongoing […]

Civic hacking at #DL14

Next month I’ll be at the Digital Labor: Sweatshops, Picket lines, and Barricades conference at The New School in New York. This is a description of the panel I’m organizing with Carl DiSalvo, continuing some of our previous thinking on civic hacking. Please join us if you are coming to the conference – and check […]

Forms of labour in Europe and China

Forms of Labour in Europe and in China: The Case of Foxconn University of Padua 26-27 June 2014 THURSDAY 26TH JUNE ROOM B1 – Via del Santo, 22 – Padova 10-11.00 Welcome and introductions Vincenzo Milanesi, Director of Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology Antonio Varsori, Director of Department of Political, Legal and […]

Counterproductive: From management to managing

The history of time management in the workplace draws on ideals of efficiency arising from the factory: a worker who comes to work, ‘clocks’ on and off, with discrete periods of separation and respite from the job. Extended to professional realms, the careful orchestration of activities through calendars and schedules allowed office workers the capacity […]

Super rich kids with nothing but fake friends

On Katherine Losse’s The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network, Free Press (2012) and Dave Eggers’ The Circle, Knopf (2013) Even before opening the books, you can see why Losse is annoyed with Eggers. It’s not that the content is the same, exactly – although there are overlaps that lead […]

To reduce ‘rushaholism’

Decelerate: • Take brief time outs throughout the day • Treat delays as found time • Do nothing on a regular basis • Nap if possible; should inhibition keep you from doing so, confront the inhibition • Take an occasional bath • When hurried, ask yourself, “Do I really need to rush? What’s the worst […]

How we became professional, part 3 – From organizations to collectives

(… continued from parts 1 & 2) Now that I work for industry, this interest in the history of professionalism needs to bear relevance to the practices of a company. Part of the learning curve for my job so far is grappling with the ingrained register of critique that has been an inheritance of my […]

Finding composure

Kenneth Burke’s “Literature as Equipment for Living” (1941) is an early attempt to offer a sociological approach to literature – one that can account for the role of popular textual forms in cementing social relations. As a work of criticism, it proposes a method for assessing literary works as responses to ‘typical, recurrent social situations’ […]

Working for Nothing

Notes from Andrew Ross’ keynote at the International Labour Process conference last week. These are just the sections on virtual labour. One of the founding principles of the labor movement was that the bosses needed the workers. Now we may be reaching a point where bosses have worked out how to get by without workers. […]

Gaining momentum

A month later, I am slowly getting my head around the new job, and the wonders of Southern California (also downtown Hillsboro, OR, where my Intel lab buddies are located). On top of the adjustment to the corporate world, the amount of life admin involved in the move has been relentless, so I won’t dwell […]

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