[We were promised a “knowledge economy.” The offshoring and automation of industrial jobs was supposed to open up a new realm of work – we would become managers of information, gliding through a new “information age” where one’s creativity and skill determined one’s employment prospects. Creativity and skill are important, but they do not characterize most “information… Read More Will the “Knowledge Economy” Save Us?
In 1999, while doing “fieldwork” in Arima, Trinidad. I am taking a smoke break alone, and a four year old child from the Carib Community comes to keep me company. He asks: “What work do you do?” I answer him, kindly: “This is the work that I do.” He asks again, now with a confused… Read More The Ethnographer’s “Job” Makes a Little Boy Laugh