"The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play." -Arthur C. Clarke
As our world continues to technologically accelerate, human labor is rendered obsolete at an astounding rate. From the onset of industrialization we embraced the notion that repetitive and redundant labor may be accomplished by machines, but ignored its justification: that this process should free humanity from the necessity of mindless struggle to sustain itself. Instead we allowed the worst possible outcome to occur. We let someone buy and own the machine that was built to save our hands from useless toil, to free our minds and souls to pursue advancement, intelligence, and beauty. We gave the machine that could free us from the bonds of nature into the hands of a new Master. Now the ones who profit at the apex of the pyramid of job elimination paradoxically rebrand themselves as Job Creators. They invent grotesque superstrata of equally rote labor that doesn’t even justify its own existence by producing a single thing that is of real value. The only value of this labor is measured in Work, as if work in and of itself is a resource rather than a chain. But even as we do so, human labor is devalued faster and faster, and joblessness will only increase at a rate that our numb commitment to dull labor cannot counteract. We are told that we must create more jobs. We are told that this is our society’s Greatest Good. This is our most fantastic lie.
I will straight up Fatality the next idiot that gets on Katy Perry’s case for allegedly “appropriating” the culture of Hellenistic motherfucking Egypt, circa 30 BC. It’s like some fools don’t know:
- the first thing about Ptolemaic Alexandria.
- the actual factors that make the appropriation of cultural elements from one cultural group to another a matter of concern in the first place
This sort of buffoonery trivializes the phenomenon of strategic (though not in every case a conscious or intentional) acculturation from a subordinated or minority culture by a dominant culture. By definition, cultural appropriation by late-Modern Western pop artist isn’t a term that can be applied to the use of cultural elements of Ptolemaic Egypt.