Blurred lines between labour and leisure

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As a direct result of the ever-evolving technological world we find ourselves immersed in, old perceptions about work are undergoing a complete reconstruct. Gregg has coined the term, “presence bleed”, which “arises when the workplace and the home are seen as interchangeable locations for work that fluctuate in degrees of attractiveness depending on the nature of the competing tasks to be completed.” This is a growing phenomenon — people are increasingly enjoying, and are capable of, flexible working conditions which allow them to work from home occasionally. This infographic looks at the quantitative data that has been collected on the liquid labour phenomenon and also explores the ways in which it has altered old perceptions about work.

Those who choose to work from home are however struggling to distinguish what actually counts as work due to the fact that the boundaries between labour and leisure, work and home have blurred to such an extent (Gregg). This is what is known as liquid labour, when labour and leisure pour into each other. This has proven to surface several consequences such as those discussed in the infographic as well as “difficulty maintaining family relationships, using days off to catch up on unfinished tasks, as well as regular interruptions to sleep patterns and other physical ailments” (Gregg).


Gregg, M. ‘Function Creep: Communication technologies and anticipatory labour in the information workplace’


When the network turns on you – online anonymity and cyberbullying

We talk of cyberspace as a libertarian utopia with each individual node in the network having the ability to broadcast to the entire network. Cyber-libertarian tropes are all for privacy, the end of regulation, the end of authority and for decision making to reside solely with the ends (nodes). But with this notion of cyber-libertarianism comes the right for people to choose anonymity online. It is this anonymity that poses real threats to network users. When users subject themselves to network vulnerability and open themselves up to a public network of randomised anonymity and hate, what can be the outcome?

This Prezi delves into the idea of anonymity and the frightening risks it poses to cyberspace inhabitants.

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Younger and older than the Internet

Stalder (2005, pp. 63-64) neatly sums up the immeasurable difference that new information can make by stating that “Change is neither additive nor subtractive in an integrated environment; it is ecological. One significant change generates total change. If a species is removed from a given habitat, what remains is not the same environment minus that one species, the result is a new environment and the conditions of survival within it have been reconstituted. This is also how the ecology of information works. New flows of information can change everything.”

This is perhaps never more evident than in the creation of the Internet – this huge technological evolution changed everything. From the telegraph to the huge abyss we now find ourselves immersed in that is cyberspace, it is these globally integrated information networks that have had the greatest impact on the formation of the network society.

This podcast explores perspectives on the Internet from both a 52 year-old woman who witnessed its emergence as well as children aged 9-12 who were born into a world which was already heavily dependent on it.


Stalder, F 2005, ‘Information Ecology’ in New Media, Open Cultures and the Nature of Networks, Futura publikacije, Serbia, pp. 62-66.