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I write about technology, psychoanalysis, philosophy, design, ideology & Slavoj Žižek.

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June 12, 2011

My Workers Love Work!

Dr. Seuss prefigures the positive thinking of today’s management thinking:

My workers love work. They say, “Work us! Please work us! We’ll work and we’ll work up so many surprises you’d never see half if you had forty eyeses!”

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January 6, 2014

The Agile Labor Union

In 2001, seventeen American, British and Canadian software engineers and IT managers met at a ski resort in Snowbird, Utah, to start a movement to remake the way software is built. Over the previous decade, the attendees had independently created similar processes for organizing and managing software engineering projects that broke with tradition and promised to make software development better, cheaper, and more innovative. Their methods were diverse and went by many brand names: Extreme Programming, Crystal Clear, Scrum, Adaptive Software Development, Test Driven Development, and many others. But they also shared many goals and ideals in common. The outcome of

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August 5, 2014

The Cult of Sharing

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September 15, 2012

Anything You Get is More Than You Deserve

Last week the advertising agency Iris was the target of internet outrage over the design of their employee benefits booklet Iris on Benefits, which plays on the British chav stereotype for laughs. The figure of the chav is a common, derogatory caricature of poor British working class whites that represents them as crude, loud, lazy, violent, materialistic, racist track-suit-wearing drunks who commit crime and take advantage of the welfare system, enjoying unemployment and housing benefits without contributing anything back to society. Anti-chav sentiment seems to have risen. Chavs are the butt of jokes on British television shows and there are websites

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February 13, 2014

Left Activism Goes Corporate: A Detour Through the Raw Food Underground

One of the most tedious features of the Silicon Valley Hype Machine is its endless repetition of progressive sounding marketing slogans about democracy and freedom, all while promoting a pro-business agenda. But it’s too easy to read this as a sinister corporate ploy to co-opt the language of activists and twisting

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December 20, 2013

Civility: A Distance That Brings Us Together

Just in time for the holidays, Apple’s marketing department released Misunderstood, an ad about a surly teenager absorbed in his iPhone in the midst of scenes of his family’s idyllic Christmas togetherness. But he surprises everyone when he reveals that the whole time he was making a touching video for everyone

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January 26, 2014

Ten Parenting Lessons I Learned from Franz Kafka

Here’s an adage which I think is true: every theory of parenting is implicitly a theory of society. It follows that even if you aren’t a parent now, nor ever intend to be one, if you’re interested in society and culture, you ought to be interested in the topic because the

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