If you’ve ever been to a coworking space, you know that DWYL is ubiquitous. But DWYL is much more than aspirational knick-knacks: it’s also been adopted by HR departments and incorporated into software designed to manage employees’ satisfaction with their jobs. What are the political implications of DWYL? This tote offers a sharp answer: AndRead more about Do What You Love and…[…]
You may have heard the term “emotional labor” not just in class, but also in other settings. As various meanings seem to be currently attached to the term, it is a good idea to revisit its original definition, recently reiterated by Arlie Hochschild herself: Emotional labor, as I introduced the term in The Managed Heart,Read more about your weekend read: revisiting emotional labor[…]
After being mistaken for an intern and a spouse, US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now being attacked for… dressing too nicely. Apparently, nothing betrays your socialist agenda like a tailored black jacket. As Megan Garber aptly notices in this Atlantic piece, It’s not about the clothes. It’s never, really, about the clothes. For those whoRead more about more on space invaders[…]
Following up on yesterday’s class on new office design, here’s a piece on how companies try to monetize on young people (you). Look out for signs of AirSpace, motivational slogans, and corporate newspeak – we will continue talking about these next week.
As discussed last week, the recent US midterm elections are widely considered groundbreaking because of the successes of people from marginalized communities. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress, sums up the reality of being a “space invader” in one tweet.
As we discussed in class today, commutes can be a drag. Here are some suggestions from your podcast-loving instructors on what to listen to when you’re on your way to or from work. Please add your faves in the comment section. Here you can listen to some of the actual interviews Studs Terkel conducted forRead more about Podcasts for your internship commute[…]
You are all cordially invited to the opening of Elif Erkan‘s show at Weiss Berlin, Bundesallee 221, October 20, 7-9 pm. From the press release: In Elif Erkan’s (* 1985) sculptures the precise examination of the material and the act of production are always in evidence. The solo exhibition at Weiss Berlin will feature herRead more about Does Success Love Me?[…]
The Guardian has two pieces today that closely relate to the topics we have been discussing this semester. In The Bad Behavior of the Richest Brooke Harrington demonstrates how the behaviors indulged in the rich are condemned or even criminalized in the poor. Did you know that the 1% not only have wealth managers, but alsoRead more about Your weekend reads: on jerks and meritocracy[…]
Were you dragged to museums as a kid? If so, that certainly expanded your cultural capital. Inspired by Bourdieu, David Osa Amadasun offers a commentary on the reproduction of taste. Focusing on art galleries — i.e., spaces that in Britain and beyond are coded white and middle class — he asks “why working-class people ofRead more about Cultural capital and creative industries[…]
In the article we discussed in class yesterday, Madeleine Schwartz calls interns “the happy housewives of the working world.” To give you a better sense of just how happy (and hard) those housewives were considered to work, here’s a short film commissioned by Chevy in 1940, when the stereotypical image of the “frailer sex” hadRead more about On interns and housewives[…]