Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Monday, October 18, 2010

Amusements Relating to Alienation

Marx' ideas about alienation, I mean. Good introductory discussion: Jonathan Wolff on Marx on Alienation.

@eventsecrets (on Twitter) prompted me to collect these items when he quoted Theodor Adorno recently: "Work while you work, play while you play - this is a basic rule of repressive self-discipline." We are all supposed to absorb that in school.

Laurie Taylor and his guests discuss a kind of alienation that they call the 'emotional work' that people like hairdressers and masseurs do in the 13 October edition of Thinking Aloud starting about 12 minutes 30 seconds into the broadcast. The first part of the broadcast about the expectations of economic migrants is of interest too.