1/17/2022

Sunday was uneventful. I went to the supermarket and that was about it. My left heel is acting up so I need to be very careful. My right heel, on the other hand (foot), feels good but I'm still babying it.

So I have a half-baked idea about society and culture. People read a lot online, but online material isn't made for in-depth reading. Even Wikipedia. Sites like Wikipedia and sites with blog posts are designed to be read inbetween completing work units. Everything is broken down into bite-sized pieces, context is rarely provided, and at best these posts are rough outlines rather than something thoughtful.

People get the impression they completely understand a topic, when they have a superficial appreciation of the thesis and subject at hand. Worse, many of these posts are meant to be provocative and elicit strong emotions.

Since people are reading, they're hearing their inner voice which lends authority to the words. Potential shades of Julian Jaynes's The Origins Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind where Jaynes proposes people were functionally schizophrenic, hallucinated gods, deceased relatives, k.t.p., for advice and guidance. Hearing words coming from someone else, regardless of the esteem they're held by the listener, lacks the same gravitas.

Now a big leap based upon my statement of online material is meant to be read inbetween work units: Time is money. There is an economy which comes from how time is managed. Many contemporary jobs establish time limits for the completion of work. Many employers grudgingly allow 15 minute breaks and 30 minute lunches. Some are gracious and offer 60 minute lunches. Time is being micromanaged to micromanage people and their behavior. Any "free" time isn't free.
Such an outlook could lead to employers doing some human resources feel-good kinda crap where breaks are eliminiated, but they don't come down on one for browsing/reading at one's desk. The employee is given the illusion of freedom in what they can do with their time, when they're really doing more work but psychologically are thinking they're getting one over on their employer. Even then, there are metrics to be made because without metrics there's no measure for money and once again time is money.
The analogy I draw in my head is "casual Fridays" which find a foundation in the weird notion that the clothes one wears affects one's productivity. That's been proven to be incorrect in practice with the COVID-19 pandemic, people working from home in sweats, bathrobes, k.t.p., and many news outlets are reporting productivity is up. So much for khakis and polo shirts being magical items ensuring corporate success, ĉu ne? Casual Fridays cost the employer nothing but it's a blip in morale by allowing people to come into work and be themselves, or as much as they wish to show.
People are still controlled, they cede what little they are afforded, yet somehow they're happier with the new status quo. Kinda like 1984 where chocolate rations are reduced from 30 grams to 20 grams but the government presents it as an increase.

Anyway that's the hot mess which has been festering in my head for a few weeks about work, capitalism, control, k.t.p. At least I got down the basics.

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