Subject: Re: . disguise slipping - need advice

Date: 03 Mar 1996 00:00:00 GMT

From: megeliz@radix.net (MegEliz)

Organization: Gene Wolfe Library and Family Restaurant, East Wing

Newsgroups: alt.slack

References: 1

 

aa595@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Dan Duvall) wrote:

 

:

: When interacting with the many faces of the Con at my 9-5 monkey job,

: I am expected by The Company to meet certain societal standards--

: namely, I should be bathed, clothed, shaved... and worst of all,

: I am expected to WIPE MY MIND CLEAN and focus only on the shit-tasks

: at hand as dumped on my by The Company. I am not permitted to let my

: mind wander to the SlackTasks awaiting me at home-- the concept of

: the Coffee Break in which employees once relaxed for a few moments

: a day and thought about personal matters IS BEING YANKED AWAY FROM

: US by more and more oppressive corporate policies. Monkey Slaves are

: expected to move about like sharks, never stopping once we're dumped

: onto the treadmill for our shift at the Con Job. INDIVIDUALITY DOES

: NOT MESH WITH MOST CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTS, even a corporate environment

: disguised as a haven of slack like a BOOKSTORE SUPERCHAIN. A retail

: superstore, no matter what product lines the shelfs, is still a

: DEN IN WHICH SLACK IS FROWNED UPON, and slavelike obedience is

: expected.

:

: I have been with The Company for over a year, but I can no longer

: keep up my disguise of Normalcy. My yetikin features shine through--

: Dobbs hovers over me at work, and it's starting to show in my eyes.

: my mind wanders like that of the Hero in Gilliam's Brazil, and I

: fear The Company will soon try to clip my wings.

:

: I must bail out soon, seeking sanctuary in the temporary haven

: of academia in some convenient graduate program. The disguise need

: not be as carefully kept up in such an environment, though True Slack

: is still illegal on even the most tolerant of campuses.

:

: Management noticed my primary SlackScheme, the technique I've used

: to escape their iron grip for these past 12 months. They finally

: noticed I've been taking a SURPLUS OF DAYS OFF, more personal days

: than I have accumulated-- but I take the extra days off WITHOUT PAY.

: I do it to remain sane, to keep my perspective on the Orwellian

: hell of a creative vacuum that is America in the 90s. The Company

: does not like its cogs to THINK and ENJOY LIFE. The Cog should

: WORK FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMPANY AT A BREAKNECK PACE AT LEAST

: 40 HOURS PER WEEK. If The Cogs slow down, profits stumble. If

: The Cogs demand HUMANE TREATMENT, they must be FIRED and REPLACED

: WITH MORE OBEDIENT ZOMBIES.

:

: Oh Bob, guide me through this dark time. See us through the

: capitalistic nightmare explotation Treadmill Years. Help us

: dismantle the Con from within DESPITE THEIR EFFORTS TO FORCE

: US OUT BY MAKING THE WORK ENVIRONMENT INTOLERABLE.

:

: If the work rate is too fast, burning you out, SLOW DOWN AND

: DEMAND TO BE TREATED LIKE A HUMAN BEING. They WANT you to

: perceive yourself as a Cog, though they slap on more palatable

: labels like "Team Player." DO NOT LET YOUR JOB INTERFERE WITH

: YOUR HOBBIES, for once that happens THE JOB HAS YOU more than YOU

: have the JOB. CLING TO THE BELIEFS, BEHAVIORS, and CHOICE OF

: BATHING SCHEDULES that define YOU like a drowning man clings

: to the nearest Buoy until a Rescue Saucer swoops down.

:

: DON'T LET THE CON REPROGRAM YOU.

:

: This has been a public service announcement from Daniel S. Duvall,

: professional bookseller (for another few weeks, at least) reporting

: from inside the Skinnerian Belly of a retail Superstore, also known

: as "face #34,087,211 of The Conspiracy Beast."

:

: Some kind soul please e-mail me a copy of this post, as my

: computer refuses to let me save it to my hard drive at the

: moment, and by god I don't yet have time to CHISEL THIS ALL

: IN STONE.

Strike for coffee breaks - it can be done! If that fails, avoid

academia and find a nice peaceful small business to take you in; one

that can't afford to have some pink creep sitting around all day

dreaming up ways to tighten the choke chain. Steer clear of dentists,

senile engineers, and anybody with a concrete help-wanted sign and

it'll be JUST GREAT. Maybe.

 

NYP cross-eyed optimist Meg

 

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