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What Happened To The Cultural Elites: I Just Work Here – emptywheel
My post started from an idea I found in David Swartz’ book, Culture and Power: The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, that some of the structures that organize our understanding are denied structures, meaning that the people affected by them do not admit that they exist or that there is any other way to comprehend society. I argued that neoliberalism is a denied structure. But just because people deny a structure doesn’t mean that they do not see the results of their actions. In the case of symbolic workers, it’s more likely that they see the negative effects they are creating and keep working anyway. The higher up in a field or organization people rise, the less likely it is that they don’t the results of their actions and theories. At the top of fields and organization, denial is not possible...The capitalist system creates all sorts of justifications for the projects it approves. The most obvious is that the market knows what people really want.
culture  capitalism 
13 hours ago by altoii
Fix Work Now, Or We All Die Tomorrow – NewCo Shift
A spirited conversation on the future of work debates the best policies for a world in significant transition.
economics  capitalism  work  futureofwork  automation 
14 hours ago by jorgebarba
Fatberg 'autopsy' reveals growing health threat to Londoners | UK news | The Guardian
Fatbergs, the congealed mass of fat and discarded items that are increasingly blocking Britain’s sewers, are the consequence of the plastic crisis in Britain and contain potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria, tests show.
additivism  bacteria  bas  capitalism  civilisation  disease  fatberg  fatbergs  health  infection  infrastructure  london  plastic  pollution  waste  stream 
14 hours ago by therourke
The role of ideological change in India’s economic liberalization - Marginal REVOLUTION
But then starting with Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1986) there is a spate of films that celebrate the assertion of one’s desire. The assertion commonly takes the form of falling in love—an audacious act in a society where the sexual mores are conservative and a majority of marriages are arranged on basis of familial and community criteria.
india  culture  capitalism 
yesterday by elrob
Growing lumberjack sport of axe throwing is sticking in Utah |
“I would argue this is not any more dangerous than an archery range,” said Axe Arena co-owner, Elvin Lau. “We’ve brought it (axe throwing) into an indoor, regulated, safe and controlled environment. It’s much safer than doing it in your own backyard. We have experts to make sure you’re enjoying it while staying safe.”
bureaucracy  capitalism 
yesterday by craniac
Malcolm Harris on Glitch Capitalism and AI Logic
There are American political traditions that saw these problems coming and envisioned relationships between our algorithms, our state, and ourselves better than the one we have now. For instance, the final clause of the tenth point of the Black Panther Party’s 1972 Ten-Point Program was “people’s community control over modern technology” — that sounds like a good idea, especially compared to walking on your face.
capitalism  technology 
yesterday by jfbeatty
Nailed It! The cooking show that bakes capitalism to a crisp | Jack Bernhardt | Opinion | The Guardian
In some ways, competitive reality TV is a microcosm for the competitive nature of society: every contestant is pitted against each other, fighting to be recognised as the best baker/butcher/candlestick maker (Love Productions is probably already filming the Great British Candlestick Carving, hosted by Jo Whiley), and the panic and stress they go through is what makes it compelling viewing – that and the slight chance that at some point Gordon Ramsay will scream so hard, he’ll turn inside out.
Capitalism  Media  Competition  competitive  competitiveness  Entertainment  Individualism  hyper  status  anxiety 
yesterday by asterisk2a
Malcolm Harris on Glitch Capitalism and AI Logic
"In one disturbing example, a flight simulator discovered that a very hard landing would overload its memory and register as super smooth, so it bashed planes into an aircraft carrier. In 2018, it’s very easy to feel like the whole country is one of those planes getting crashed into a boat. American society has come to follow the same logic as the glitch-hunting AIs, and in the process, we’ve become vulnerable to these glitches, at an increasingly large scale. "
ai  hahaonlyserious  us  2018  capitalism  from:nymag 
yesterday by mechazoidal

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