Yes, yes I know what you’re thinking: “Another meme, how original…” When thinking about this week’s topic of liquid labour what really resonated with me was this idea of how work and personal life have begun to combine. With thanks to advancements of communication networks like the web, there is a constant supply of information workers on hand for any given job. Due to this, along with the continual accessibility of information, there is almost an expectation of workers to be available for work. The sheer speed of information flows has workers feeling that they need to keep on top of their work 24/7.
The rise of communication networks also has begun to make the concept of traditional office spaces somewhat irrelevant. In traditional work, just like the factory, the office almost stands as a symbol for the work space. Once a worker leaves said work space, they are no longer at work. This, however, is becoming less and less true with many workers taking their work home with them via the web. With the majority of information work not being in a physical space, but on the web, is there a necessity for a specific physical space designed to carry out this work? Why should workers feel motivated to wake up early to travel to an office when they would be perfectly fine doing the same work at home in their pyjamas?
Which brings me to my meme this week. Has Dolly Parton’s 80s hit 9 to 5 also become irrelevant?