It’s 2019, meaning millennial mass takeover, meaning we live and breathe social media, our phones, facebooks, Instagrams, googles they’re practically part of our nervous system.
In saying so, what stuck to me in one of our readings this week was this slightly honest, slightly funny, slightly interesting quote (how ironic that this attracted me the most in this reading).
“Mark: Haven’t you got work in the morning? Jeremy: Oh yeah, that’s really going to break his balls if I roll in an hour late. Mark, this is Russel Orgazoid. He’s a creative, I’m a creative. We don’t make steam engines out of pig iron in this country anymore yeah… we hang out, we f*ck around on the PlayStation and we eat Ben & Jerry’s. That’s how everyone makes their money now, yeah?”
(Here’s my remediation on ‘HoW aDuLts MakE tHEir MonEY NoW’)
Liquid Labour is what Ted likes to call it. I’ve taken this meaning and considered it as an aspect in the 21st century, where the chronic task of sorting and working has changed cultures and our overall way of work-life.
Let’s focus on Linkedin, which I believe is a perfect example of Liquid Labour, as it has changed the nature of collaboration, the workplace, and the technology of economy and connections.
I believe Linkedin is a perfect example of what Peter Bradwell and Richard Reeves explain in their Network of Citizens book;
“Social networks and dynamics can be as important as, and often are more important than, formal hierarchy and structure, in determining how information flows and innovation emerges in an organisation”
Not only can Linkedin connect you to complete strangers which can immensely aid your professional career, but it supports your work, recommends you to other industry professionals and importantly connects you to a career.
Talk about innovation, Linkedin is designed in a way where numerous strangers in the industry can view your work, and vice versa, you view their company, their needs, their specific roles, and this explains the nature of social networks allowing an understanding of networks and organisations, but also the relationship between employer and employee.
Bradwell, P., and Reeves, R. 2008, Economies In Networked Citizens, (pp. 25-31), <https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/1761640/mod_resource/content/1/Bradwell%2C%20P.%20-%20Networked%20citizens.pdf>
Mitew, T., 2014, Liquid Labour, Lecture/YouTube Video, BCM206, University of Wollongong, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD2sp52Z2GQ&list=PLiPp71qLKusXOU1bKxHVappCbRNN3-J-j&index=11>