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The Entrepreneurial Generation - NYTimes.com
"Today’s ideal social form is not the commune or the movement or even the individual creator as such; it’s the small business. Every artistic or moral aspiration — music, food, good works, what have you — is expressed in those terms."

"Our culture hero is not the artist or reformer, not the saint or scientist, but the entrepreneur. (Think of Steve Jobs, our new deity.) Autonomy, adventure, imagination: entrepreneurship comprehends all this and more for us. The characteristic art form of our age may be the business plan."

"Today’s polite, pleasant personality is, above all, a commercial personality."

"All this is why, unlike those of previous youth cultures, the hipster ethos contains no element of rebellion, rejection or dissent — remarkably so, given that countercultural opposition would seem to be essential to the very idea of youth culture. That may in turn be why the hipster has proved to be so durable."

[Updated in this talk: https://vimeo.com/46254409 ]
entrepreneurship  slackers  punks  hippies  millennials  youth  ideology  smallbusiness  business  advertising  hipsterism  hipsters  culture  2011  williamderesiewicz 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Fear of a Slacker Revolution | Possible Futures
"When the right attacks OWS as a bunch of countercultural slackers and as the vanguard of class warfare, they very presciently apprehend the significance of a moment in which the capitalist work ethic and the artificially perpetuated scarcity it’s predicated on are being roundly rejected. One in which the utopian demand for cultural freedom joins the labor movement’s push for a more robust share of the spoils of capitalism. One in which old lefties singing Woody Guthrie tunes join rappers decrying “the man” and burly union dudes standing up to profitable corporations demanding concessions from their workers join hippie drum-circle groovers insisting that “the beginning is near.” The history of the movement is being written before our eyes. So far, there is one thing that many among the Occupiers and their opponents seem to agree on—all signs point to Occupy unfolding as a continuation of the unfinished project of the slacker revolution of the 1960s."
ows  occupywallstreet  2011  labor  utopianthinking  revolution  deschooling  capitalism  leisurearts  culturalfreedom  freedom  history  class  classwarfare  inequality  disparity  incomegap  wealthdistribution  us  society  protest  unions  slackers  banking  finance  repression  greatrecession  1960s  activism  afl-cio  artleisure 
december 2011 by robertogreco
Weekly Standard: Kickin' Back with Tax Payer Money : NPR
"…grandest prize of all is…tenured live in different world than ordinary mortals…fears of unemployment are banished, futures can be confidently planned, & retirement is secure.

All of this at a university w/out union representation!

To be fair, first years of newly hired assistant professor can be harrowing. Writing lecture notes to cover a semester takes effort. But soon I had abundant material which could be reused indefinitely & took maybe 20min of review before class. Adding new material required hardly more effort than time to read what I would have read anyway."

"The only really arduous part of teaching was grading…But for most of my classes I had teaching assistants to do this, graduate students who usually knew little more about the topic than the undergraduates…

To be sure, some of my colleagues were prodigious researchers, devoted teachers, & outstanding…citizens. But…the privileged position of a tenured professor guarantees that there will be slackers."
highereducation  highered  tenure  education  money  economics  incentives  slackers  sociology  socialsciences  academia  2011 
may 2011 by robertogreco
The New Atlantis » Slacking as Self-Discovery
"Such wistful desire to evade responsibility exposes childishness of adults now preaching the good news of emerging adulthood. They have decided that taking responsibility for other people — spouses, children, employees & subordinates, neighbors, friends, eventually even parents — & relying on them in turn is the heaviest burden that can befall a person. But what if this is instead the means to happiness? Advocates of emerging adulthood share in common with children a proclivity to see the future as nearly infinite & themselves as, for all practical purposes, immortal. In their view of themselves & their world, it is never too late & there is never any rush. But a few-year increase in the average life expectancy has bought us much less time than they think & has done nothing to mitigate our potential to make irreversible errors & experience gnawing regret. The indefinite extension of childhood doesn’t even approximate the immortality required to free us from these miseries…"

[via: http://ayjay.tumblr.com/post/3012478205/such-wistful-desire-to-evade-responsibility ]
slackers  responsibility  childhood  self-discovery  parenting  happiness  life  adulthood  immortality  mortality 
january 2011 by robertogreco

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