Subject: Re: . disguise slipping - need advice
Date: 03 Mar 1996 00:00:00 GMT
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MegEliz)
Organization: Gene Wolfe Library and Family Restaurant, East Wing
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
: 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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