[NetBehaviour] depression about work

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Fri Apr 29 01:39:54 CEST 2011


you've just done another piece for the book - just assemble what you've 
sent out. I don't know how much material there is, but it adds up. Include 
the material on linux/programming. Why not? A book might just come to you; 
I don't think you have to know how.

- Alan

On Thu, 28 Apr 2011, James Morris wrote:

> On 28 April 2011 16:30, Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com> wrote:
>>
>> write a book about this. about your experience; you're being torn apart.
>> you write amazingly well. i'm serious. alan
>
> writing a book doesn't really appeal. for a start i don't know how.
> and then i don't think there's enough material. most days are average.
> it's not every day i dread going to work. normally i just get on with
> it. listening to music at work helps. i don't think i'm being torn
> apart, at least not by any external factors. i might tear myself
> apart, but sometimes i think it's just for entertainment, just for
> something to be happening. i tore myself apart today at work. i didn't
> have music to listen to. yesterday someone was caught smoking outside
> of their break time, during production time. an email was circulated
> and printed out. the person from the previous shift i took over the
> machine of said the person caught had 'spoiled it for the rest of us'.
> i told him it was management who spoiled things for us. but thought
> the spoiling probably starts higher than that. near 9pm i was cheered
> thinking about the royal wedding tomorrow. sure i don't really care,
> but, hell, i'm going to celebrate it even if only celebrating the
> extra time away from work. Making this week a three day working week,
> giving the second four day weekend. i pretend to be dumb, i pretend to
> work slow. i pretend to shutdown everything unnecessary to perform the
> job. movements are laboured, i imagine i'm hard work to watch. i want
> to be hard work to watch. i pretend to zone out. pretend to dream.
> pretend to be depressed. pretend to not care. movements lack
> exactitude. slack motion. optimized for least effort. minimum wage
> minimum effort. once management have left somewhere around 6pm and
> i've had my break, i am more relaxed. i speed up again. only to walk
> away from the machine and let the buckets pile up. grab a coffee. then
> work fast to catch up again. walk off to go to toilet. work fast to
> catch up again. sit down watch the buckets pile up. work fast to catch
> up again. i'm fed up of this. the same thing, over and over and over
> and over and over and over and over. plastic things i pulled out the
> machine yesterday, one every minute or so, sell for ?16.99. i don't
> know exactly how many i made yesterday. Say 300. That's ?5000 sale
> price. What a con.
>
>
>> On Thu, 28 Apr 2011, James Morris wrote:
>>
>>> ten years ago i graduated from university with an art degree.
>>> i was earning a good ?1 or more above the uk national minimum wage.
>>> now i am earning 7 pence above the uk national minimum wage.
>>> the jobs have got worse:
>>> i used to be able to sit, now i must stand.
>>> i used to get one half hour break and two 10 minute breaks.
>>> now i get one half hour break.
>>> last year i got 2 five minute breaks and 2 twenty minute breaks.
>>> now i get one half hour break.
>>> last year i was paid for breaks.
>>> this year i am not.
>>> last year i was paid shift allowance.
>>> this year i am not.
>>> similar job similar company similar industry but different. i thought
>>> it was bad last year.
>>> down down down down.
>>> at least i can look forward to october and the national minimum wage
>>> increase. increases above what i'm earning. i suspect i won't be
>>> earning more than the minimum wage then.
>>> filling the world with plastic crap, that's something to be proud of.
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