[iDC] Re: The Ethics of Leisure
ryan.griffis at gmail.com
Tue Jan 9 12:24:45 EST 2007
On Jan 9, 2007, at 11:02 AM, idc-request at bbs.thing.net wrote:
> Do you find this work/leisure still tenable or operative in our
> When we apply the hacker ethic of passionate production, and there
> is a
> merger of our 'work' with our life's purpose (however temporary),
> then that
> work is what we want to do most of all; furthermore, as work
> mergers with
> life, there is no more clear distinction (see also the hacker ethic
> by Pekka
> Himanen) between both?
Rojek gets into this (the psycho-social blurring of work/leisure) and
i think the concept of "serious leisure" addresses some of what you
call a "merger of our 'work' with our life's purpose." Of course, no
theory is absolute and without holes, and Rojek gives plenty of holes
But i think that the distinction between leisure and work, as a
delineation of how we understand time, seems still valid. Having
worked in many non-profit orgs (both as volunteer and staff), the
burn out rate is really high - as people tend to throw their whole
identity into it and have little time for much else, but it's all
still seen as work.
i think artists (of many kinds) present an interesting problematic to
this distinction, but many of the problems faced in the non-profit
world can be found there as well.
i think the importance of Rojek's analysis is a critical
understanding of internalized and externalized desire - where does
the passion for the work come from and how does it materialize? Who
benefits from that passion?
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