Problems with Authority, Part III

23. March 2012 here now 4
Measurement, and pay, of course, matter very much. I’m not arguing for free work or unmeasured pay… Dan Pink the behavioral economist knows that paying people crap makes them work crappily. The people who perform best at work seem to be those who feel safe and comfortable. But let’s stick with the psych test, the ...

Oatmeal

30. January 2012 here now 16
This morning, I put H.’s breakfast bowl of oatmeal in the microwave, because she said she wanted it heated up. She proceeded to scream at me because I hadn’t let her push the buttons on the microwave. When I told her I hadn’t known that she wanted to push the buttons, she could push them ...

Occupy Links

22. November 2011 here now 0
Former poet laureate of the United States Robert Hass on getting beaten up, along with his wife and his students, at Occupy Cal. Helium balloons carry tents over Sproul Plaza. A moving piece by writer Joshua Hardina on Occupy Riverside, and Sonali Kolhatkar on the strange bedfellows of Occupy Los Angeles. Gary Kamiya, on Salon.com, ...

A Defining Moment

21. November 2011 here now 1
Dear K., I saw a picture of you online. You were getting arrested at Occupy Wall Street. Do you remember the night in Boston when you tried to convince me to drive with you to the protests in Seattle? A defining moment for our generation, you told me. Later, on the weekend in that borrowed ...

Occupy the University

13. November 2011 here now 0
One of my students showed up at office hours to talk about the protests. She wanted to tell me about the general assembly. She wanted to know: Why did thousands of people turn out at Cal, and only hundreds in Irvine? What should she say to her roommates who don’t understand why it’s important? They tell ...

From fieldwork: Observations on Occupy Wall Street

07. November 2011 here now 2
An excerpt from the best writing I’ve seen on the OWS movement so far, by Jedediah Purdy: Do it yourself – DIY – is an aesthetic and also an ethic, which the Occupiers are trying to take from the personal to the social scale. Our world is rich, convenient, and often efficient because we parcel ...

Occupy

07. November 2011 here now 4
H. played with the stacks of flyers printed up with “What to do if you’re arrested!”  and “Know your rights.” P. stood in front of a small crowd that grew as he spoke. He told them about how it’s illegal to carry a stick at a protest. Who you call to monitor protests, what to ...

Listen to me

07. October 2011 here now 0
No one listens. This is not just a problem plaguing talking heads and politicians. We filter so furiously, we interrupt, we get caught up in our own agendas. We look at our phones. We need a snack. Other people speak, and we hear only what gets through the internal static. I criticize myself equally in this. It ...