“No one is arguing that enjoyable work should be less so. But emotionally satisfying work is still work, and acknowledging it as such doesn’t undermine it in any way. Refusing to acknowledge it, on the other hand, opens the door to the most vicious exploitation and harms all workers.”
By keeping us focused on ourselves and our individual happiness, DWYL distracts us from the working conditions of others while validating our own choices and relieving us from obligations to all who labor, whether or not they love it. It is the secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment. According to this way of thinking, labor is not something one does for compensation, but an act of self-love. If profit doesn’t happen to follow, it is because the worker’s passion and determination were insufficient. Its real achievement is making workers believe their labor serves the self and not the marketplace.
Yesterday I was in the middle of an all day crying session, but I really really needed to get my niece a gift for her birthday. With no other option but to leave my apartment, I went to Build-A-Bear in a full on cry mode and I am SO…
This is one of my favorite standup clips. It’s John Ramsey, a very funny comic from Austin Texas, doing a set on a Kenyan late-night show. Standup is largely about relating to the audience and establishing points of common reference with them — your first job is to draw a circle around yourself and them to establish what you all have in common. So to see Ramsey do standup in a foreign country, for an audience he shares so little with, and partially in a foreign language is incredibly impressive. And he gets laughs!
He writes about the experience here, and writes about his process developing material that worked for a Kenyan audience, in these three pieces:123. Super interesting.
I’m through “making fun of” consumerism and other profoundly negative aspects of modern living while participating in and supporting those aspects of living. I’m not on the Daily Show making half-hearted jokes about corporate politics and media between commercials for Burger King while paying rent in Manhattan. I’m some other kind of thing that’s just starting.
I read Herman Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” several dozen times in high school, please blame Herman Melville.