THE ARTFUL ACCIDENTS OF GOOGLE BOOKS by Kenneth Golsmith
The economic impact of hyperemployment is obviously different from that of underemployment, but some of the same emotional toll imbues both: a sense of inundation, of being trounced by demands whose completion yields only their continuance, and a feeling of resignation that any other scenario is likely or even possible. The only difference between the despair of hyperemployment and that of un- or under-employment is that the latter at least acknowledges itself as an substandard condition, while the former celebrates the hyperemployed’s purported freedom to “share” and “connect,” to do business more easily and effectively by doing jobs once left for others competence and compensation, from the convenience of your car or toilet. — Hyperemployment, or the Exhausting Work of the Technology User by Ian Bogost
Workalong: Critical Design / Design Fiction lecture finally written up. (loooooong) -
A good summary.
Mapping Social Design Practice: Beyond the Toolkit
We are submerged in a dry swimming pool. A SEGA Mega Drive, Commodore 64, floppy disk drives and hard drives sing in unison. The unusual ensemble (controlled live&
It’s the sort of innovation that capital loves: minimizing the cost of labor, maximizing the lightning-quick flows of money and goods. […] we probably don’t need drone delivery systems for our online shopping. But, as a desperate King Lear reminds us, “Reason not the need … Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man’s life is as cheap as beast’s.” This isn’t about need and, of course, Amazon would not be Amazon, nor would capitalism be capitalism, if need were the determining factor. The robots have long been coming; reason not the need. — Salon.com on Amazon drones.
Letter to Santa 2013, via @ragekit