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"Our faith that our work offers non-material rewards, and is more integral to our identity than a ‘regular’ job would be, makes us ideal employees when the goal of management is to extract our labor’s maximum value at minimum cost." (Sarah Brouillette, qtd in essay)
This is the best essay I’ve read in a long time. It should be read by every artist, academic and low-wage worker that I know.
Amusement under late capitalism is the prolongation of work. It is sought after as an escape from the mechanized work process, and to recruit strength in order to be able to cope with it again. But at the same time mechanization has such power over a man’s leisure and happiness, and so profoundly determines the manufacture of amusement goods, that his experiences are inevitably after-images of the work process itself.
Shia may have figured that the best way to explain away bad, bizarre behavior is to claim that it’s satire. In other words, he’s using the Phoenix defense to try to cover his tracks, to veil his indiscretions as complex, cultural commentary.
Regardless, it seems to be fairly clear that LaBeouf is unaware that he’s playing with fire.
Actor/wet squirrel Shia LaBeouf ripped off one of our books, Benoît Duteurtre‘s The Little Girl and the Cigarette.melvillehouse)
Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history
December 5, 2013
It was an unprecedented headline in Iceland this week — a man shot to death by police.
"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.
It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don’t even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
In fact, Iceland isn’t anti-gun. In terms of per-capita gun ownership, Iceland ranks 15th in the world. Still, this incident was so rare that neighbors of the man shot were comparing the shooting to a scene from an American film.
The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, “because no one wants to take another person’s life. “
There are still a number of questions to be answered, including why police didn’t first try to negotiate with man before entering his building.
"A part of the great thing of living in this country is that you can enter parliament and the only thing they ask you to do is to turn off your cellphone, so you don’t disturb the parliamentarians while they’re talking. We do not have armed guards following our prime minister or president. That’s a part of the great thing of living in a peaceful society. We do not want to change that. "
Barren Nieces has been featured on a really incredible compilation out of the northwest called Well, I Don’t See Why Not. This is a song recorded at my house last month with the help of Sam Plattner.
Really great bands on here: Stephen Steinbrink, Christina Antipa, Upside Drown, Eli Moore (of LAKE). Buy, download, stream the entire release here.