nag-ing by Volksfürsorge


Berlin this morning in a wireless spot.

For already quite a while there has been a meme on the net, which is referring to a certain form of working via online connections. Given the various possibilities of hooking into the net, like from cafes or other hot spots means that there is no need for a fixed workplace. There had also been some terms for this like neo-nomad or in german digitale Bohème.

The meme made it even into BBC. In this article by Bill Thompson, where – among others – he annotates:

“Neo-nomads and digital bedouins sound very exciting, but we mustn’t forget that this will only ever be a viable way of working for a small, skilled and privileged minority of people.”

Its not only me who is skeptical. Extrapolating the possibilities of crowdsourcing and looking at current trends of online markets like e.g. this and at the current state of international trade unions it seems we are more in the waiting line for a new superglobal slave market of what I would rather call “neo-madnags”.

Looking at this it may be a question of survival of how one can modularize and delegate the workflow like e.g. for programming, which reminds me of an sort of ongoing experiment of Cornelia Sollfrank in this direction namely the socalled netart generator (another nag..:)) which automatically produces e.g. images like the generator from 2004, supported by Deutsche Volksfürsorge (is it just a joke?-here the funny image I got this morning on a first hit )) or e.g. the 2005 generator of html pages using linguistic markov chains (see also wikipedia).

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