Bad Attitude: The Processed World Anthology

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Chris Carlsson, Mark Leger
Verso, 1990 - Social Science - 281 pages
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Bad Attitude is a collection of writings and graphics from the extraordinary Processed Word magazine. Dedicated it giving voice to the benumbed foot-soldiers of the information age it contains blistering first-hand accounts of life at the bottom of the ladder in big banks, defense contractors, computer manufacturers and food processing factories. In these pages the service economy and the new high tech jobs often touted in glowing terms by the mainstream media are exposed for their quotidian banality, their essential uselessness, and the catch-22 absurdity that permeates all corporate life under late capitalism.

Moving at bike messenger speed between offices, Bad Attitude describes the hazards of the office computer and how to sabotage it, mutant culture in Silicon Valley, the new transiency undercutting links at work, the connections between time and money, bosses and secretaries, resistance and resignation. It provides a unique basis for new theoretical developments in the struggle for human liberation, and, above all, it assures the thousands of isolated rebels mired in dead-end and deadening jobs that they are not alone. The spark of revolt can and must be nurtured until the next wave comes along.
 

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Contents

TALKING HEADS
7
Manuscript Found in a Typewriter
19
Kelly Call Girl
26
Dear Del Monte
33
by Paxa Lourde
40
Get Hot
50
Sweet Relief
57
The Oppressed Middle
73
by Lucius Cabin
142
The Chips of Our Lives
149
Encryption The Dossier Society
159
CLODO Speaks
167
Unwanted Guests
176
A Dav In the Life
188
Mind Games
200
Computer Education Processed
211

The Rise of the 6Month Worker
79
Works Diminishing Connections
87
The Making of a Bad Attitude
94
Office Workers On Strike
103
Raises Rights Respect
113
The Line You Have Reached
120
Watching Olives Go Up by Linda
127
International Loafers Winos
135
The Tyranny of Time
221
Wagework
229
The DeadEnd Game of Corporate
238
Debth
247
by Lucius Cabins
262
Future? What Future??
270
Index
281
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Chris Carlsson is a writer, editor, and historian. Among others, he is the author of Nowtopia (AK Press) and the editor of The Political Edge (City Lights), Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration (AK Press), and Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco, 1968-78 (City Lights).

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