DIGC202 – Week 4 Liquid labour


But it’s only 9-5, right? Right?! WRONG! Along with the many, many advantaged of being constantly connected to many devices all floating around in this wonderful, mysterious goo we call the World Wide Web, also comes the concept of liquid labour. Traditionally worker bees bumbled along to the rhythm of the machine hum, fast forward a hundred years or so and that hum has escalated to a piercing shriek that you just can’t quite get rid of.


The flow of information that was once a novelty has become a commodity and a rather desired one at that. What’s the most important factor in any capitalist society? All together now kids: Money. Profit drives the flow of information (free or otherwise) and the flow of information drives the flow of labour needed to match it. Young professionals (Bah who are we kidding?!) are judged on their skills, diligence, competence and availability. Work hours are no longer rigid and dependable but never-ending and demanding.



2 thoughts on “DIGC202 – Week 4 Liquid labour

  1. Wow such good connecting with your audience throughout this blog post!
    I think you should also try and had some links within the post and maybe some information to reference too? This weeks topic was hard one to reference too because you can so easily talk about it off the top of your head as it is all around us but I have done some researching and I think you may be interested in this that Steven Hawking has fears or may happen in a few years. http://www.computerworld.com/article/2922442/robotics/stephen-hawking-fears-robots-could-take-over-in-100-years.html
    I hope this might help.

  2. I relate too much to this. “Piercing shriek” sounds like a fairly accurate description haha.
    An excellent analysis of the transition from industrial labour to the age of knowledge workers.
    I am a little skeptical, however, whether the pursuit of profit is necessarily a characteristic of the information age. My thoughts are that industries have always been profit-driven, but the ‘product’ from which profit is made has evolved from physical matter to the production and processing of information/knowledge.
    It’s funny, whilst we can see the obvious pitfalls of being a “knowledge” worker, it’s often pitched as some great new thing. This article is way too positive: https://t.co/7rTFYCcHKI

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