“Life today has become analogous with work – and it increasingly displays all the contemporary characteristics of work in what has been described as the ‘new capitalism’: permanent flux, constant change, and structural indeterminacy.”
This weeks topic has my head turning in all directions, while I tried to come to terms with the notion of liquid labour and the changing environments of the workplace.
Liquid labour is derived from the decentralised network, in which a contemporary (non) space workplace is created allowing employees to become ‘knowledge workers’. Thereby transitioning from an industrial rhythmic machine towards a process of chronic sorting of the information flows. The transition to new decentralised nodes has change and reshaped the paradigm of coordination and control.
This reshaping has blurred the borders of the personal information spaces, by allowing each individual to be in multiple places at once. Thus breaking down the structure if the industrial network and reforming it with a move towards a freelancing, casual and temporary form of liquid life. This therefore, has both a positive and negative effect on the work-life balance, as leaving work at work and leaving your personal life at home is nearly impossible in this day and age as we are constantly emerging within new technologies and media’s (Henry Jenkins).
But within this shift, what does it mean for us, as individuals, as workers and humans within this paradigm?