On Modern Servitude
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On Modern Servitude is a tract in documentary form on the modern condition of man and how he
relates to work. It is a narrative voice over with many images of the modern dillemma. Use the
website info will reveal that this is a book as well as a video and is not distributed in any
other form free to the public. That was my interpretation of it anyway.
Details here are worth reading.
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notes written 3-23-11
Enjoy this film? I wanted to commit suicide.
Mar 27 2011, 19:23 CEST
Some of the images are disturbing. This is a good point for me to thank OBT for one of the best book recommendations I ever got: "Selling The Work Ethic" in which it is demonstrated how churches and such over the eons have sold the 'work as salvation' idea.
The book was hard to find and I had to get it sent from a university library.
With this film there is much to discuss. If you stick with it long enough there is great scene (don't know the source without reviewing the credits) of an international meeting that winds up in a fist fight and general pandemonium. Today I don't know if it was from a fiction work or a news broadcast.
Before Martin told me how to duplicate a torrent file I told him the OBT crowd would love this. It wasn't on previously that I could find but apparently was released in 2007.
"The Book That Shook The World" is another good one that challenges fundamental beliefs-- that is on what constitutes education. I can put that back up if there is interest.
Mar 27 2011, 20:53 CEST
I tried playing this in front of my wife. We got through about five minutes before she said, "What should we do, slit our wrists?" It is challenging, to say the least. I have to object to the robotic monotone of the female narrator. She sounds like a propagandist from Radio China during Chairman Mao's days. It would be a little more palatable with a less objectionable voice-over.
But the message is clear, and scary. What will we do if we're disconnected from the matrix?
Mar 28 2011, 17:30 CEST
About the narrator: I think the Mr. Roboto thing is intentional and maybe even used to disguise here voice.
As to slitting your wrists the things talked about in the film is something lower class people have known all along.
For the well educated, you have Chomsky to tell you the same thing: that the teacher class serves their betters in the ruling class and if they ever did otherwise there would be no place for them in it.
See Barbara Ehrenreich on middle class anxiety about losing "position" in "Fear of Falling."
As to the some of the other favorites here like Slavo Zizek, they are playing the educated classes with their expensive lectures on nothing. Zizek is a particularly egregious example and about which I have expressed my ill regard previously.
What makes Modern Servitude significant is that it breaks down the illusion of middle class exception to these slavish behaviors. For other slavish behaviors, see Christian Lander's "Stuff White People Like." The book is preferable to the website. and Thomas Frank's "The Conquest Of Cool."
For the ultimate in slavish behavior there is the modern day "internship": free labor written off on the ledger as extra profit from free employment.
This is described in detail in "Interns Built The Pyramids" which is an essay in another Tom Frank book called "Boob Jubilee."
Ya gotta love that title.
Mar 28 2011, 20:22 CEST
This is the best movie yet. Thanks so much
Mar 30 2011, 06:24 CEST
See if a torrent called The Fourth World War is on here yet. Recommended. I have been thinking about The Fourth World War documentary often during these present (2011) uprisings in North Africa, Britain and US.
Mar 30 2011, 16:51 CEST
oh yes i've been watching them all.
Apr 03 2011, 00:34 CEST