In our culture of short-term work, mobile communications an rolling media it seems we are always on the move; but are w really getting anywhere? Non-Stop Inertia argues that this appearance of restless activity conceals and indeed maintains a deep paralysis of thought and action, and that rather than being unquestionable or inevitable, the environment of personal flexibility and perpetual crisis which we now inhabit is ideologically constructed.
Written from inside this system of
precarious employment and debt-driven subjectivity, illustrating its
arguments with actual examples and using theory to make connections and
unlock meanings, the book shows how in our constant anxious pursuit of
work and leisure we are running on the spot against a scrolling CGI
backdrop. As performative labourers full-time jobseekers, social
networkers and consumer-citizens, we are so preoccupied by the business
of 'being ourselves' that our real identities are forgotten and our
dreams of resistance buried.
Non Stop Inertia - Ivor Southwood
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