Liquid Labour or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Employ… Dolphins (?)

No, in fact ‘liquid labour’ refers to a method of employment that is much more akin to casual or temporary positions. Essentially, it’s the expectation that a worker is available for a longer and more flexible period of time, which means that ‘work’ as a term doesn’t refer to the workplace as much because the labour being performed doesn’t necessitate a particular place to perform duties. As shown in the info-graphic within the lecture material, 3 out of 5 surveyed people stated that their job could be just as easily performed and perhaps enhanced, by working from their home.

This paradigm shift suggests a few key changes from the ‘industrial’ workplace. Chiefly, there’s an expectation that your work follows you and is both accessible and fulfill-able at any time. Secondly, this displacement does not affect communication channels, instead these communications loops can function just as fast as possible. The flow of information, as the currency which is traded and worked upon, operates unrestricted. This phenomenon of being always connected to the work is referred to as ‘presence bleed’ to describe ‘being’ somewhere but able to manage the flow of information elsewhere at the same time.

So yes, worry not fellow humans. Has nothing to do with dolphins revolting to demand fairer employment opportunities… yet…

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4 comments

  1. harrybrandonuow · August 19, 2016

    Clancy, I liked your post. Pretty sure you’re talking about some of the readings in there but wasn’t 100% sure. Put a link in for me. Meme’s a top kek!

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  2. Hayden Carlton · August 19, 2016

    Haha! I’m glad i can sleep without having to worry about the threat of a dolphin revolution. You successfully summarized the lecture material into a great post. Maybe look at ‘Liquid Life, Convergence Culture, and Media
    Work’ to get an idea of how the liquid labor concept specifically affects workers.

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    • Clancy Carr · August 19, 2016

      Thank you fellow Global Network’er, I shall do so. I for one would welcome our now dolphin overlords though.

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  3. henrylongc · November 21

    It’s hard to understand the meaning of LL… Great post…

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