Tag Archive for ‘capitalism’

When YouTube bought Google

A fascinating snippet of tech history. The founders of YouTube talk about their recent sale to Google, back in 2006, back when each were seen as something other than the slightly menacing giants they are today:

From TINA to TATIANA

A great rebuttal of the neoliberal insistence that There Is No Alternative, from loc 3840 of the recent book by Yanis Varoufakis: We were not naive enough to think that our blueprint would be implemented on the strength of its rationality…. Read More ›

The Tyranny of the Forced Smile

An interesting article in the New York Times discusses the mandated enthusiasm which increasingly characterises labour. This can be seen most emphatically in service jobs (e.g. the training required by Pret A Manger and its subsequent monitoring) but it’s also a feature… Read More ›

The obsolescence of things

I love this old Ikea advert. It illustrates the point that Harmut Rosa is making about the acceleration of production and the implications of intensified disposability for our sense of security and continuity. It also shows what I dislike about Rosa’s account: specific… Read More ›