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Presented at the conference The Internet As Playground And Factory, Eugene Lang College / The New School, New York, 13 November 2009.

Presented at the conference The Internet As Playground And Factory, Eugene Lang College / The New School, New York, 13 November 2009.

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  • 1. Productivity Is Fun: Instrumentalized Pleasure and Digital Lifestyles Martin Roberts The Internet as Playground and Factory: A Conference on Digital Labor Eugene Lang College The New School New York 13 November 2009
  • 2. Ceci nʼest pas un papier.
  • 3. (I know thatʼs not French.)
  • 4. DIGITAL LIFESTYLES * Lifehacking * Lifecasting * Uncluttering * Micronapping * Productivity * Fun
  • 5. Play = Fun Work = Play Work = Fun
  • 6. Fun A Very Brief History
  • 7. Ric Burns, Coney Island (PBS Home Video, 1991)
  • 8. [For Adorno,] “fun” is not even pleasure but the simulacrum of pleasure, a temporary release which enables the enjoying subject to forget the forces of domination and unfreedom to which he or she is actually in thrall. [. . .] Moreover, for Adorno “fun” is in many cases not even the specious satisfaction of simuacra or an anticipation which provides a sparkling facade for political coercion; it is the coercion itself, a sadistic cultural mandate to enjoy. Fun in this case is a kind of commodity as such, the token of a pseudo-solidarity which is normative a priori. [. . . ] “Fun” is here no more and no less than Erica Weitzman, “No Fun: the agreement that one if “having fun,” a tautological Aporias of Pleasure in Adornoʼs Aesthetic Theory,” performance of pleasurability that only serves to The German Quarterly, 81.2 reinforce the status quo (186). (2008): 186.
  • 9. The End of Fun?
  • 10. Sex Pistols, Live at Winterland, San Francisco, 14 January 1978
  • 11. May the Fun be with you. Martin Roberts robertsm@newschool.edu