The HBGary team headed over early to the RSA venue at the Moscone Center in order to set up their booth on the exhibition floor. Nerves were on edge. A week before, HBGary and related company HBGary Federal were both infiltrated by members of the hacker collective Anonymous, which was upset that HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr had compiled a dossier of their alleged real names. In the wake of the attack, huge batches of sensitive company e-mail had been splashed across the ‘Net. HBGary employees spent days cleaning up the electronic mess and mending fences with customers.
1.Haven’t you ever, just once, felt like turning up late for work or felt like slipping away from work early? In that case, you have realised that:
a.Time spent working is time doubly lost because it is time doubly wasted… - as time which might more agreeably be spent making love, or day-dreaming, on pleasure or on one’s hobbies: time which one would otherwise be free to spend however one wished; - as time wearing us down physically and nervously.
b.Time spent working eats up the bulk of one’s life, because it shapes one’s so-called “free” time as well, time spent sleeping, moving about, eating, or on diversions. Thus it makes itself felt in every part of the daily lives of each one of us and reduces our daily lives into series of moments and places which have the same empty repetition and the same growing absence of real living in common.
c.Time spent fulfilling an obligation to work is a commodity. Wherever there is commodity there is, unfailingly, obligatory labour and nearly every activity comes, little by little. to resemble obligatory labour: we produce, consume, eat and sleep for an employer, or a leader, or a State, or for the system of universal commodity.
d.The less work, the more life.
So you see… you are already fighting, consciously or otherwise, for a society which would guarantee each one of us the right to dispose of one’s own time and space: and to build for ourselves each day the life we would choose.
Raoul Vaneigem - Contributions to The Revolutionary Struggle, Intended To Be Discussed, Corrected, And Principally, Put Into Practice Without Delay
“The neon signs which hang over our cities and outshine the natural light of the night with their own are comets presaging the natural disaster of society, its frozen death. Yet they do not come from the sky. They are controlled from earth. It depends upon human beings themselves whether they will extinguish these lights and awake from a nightmare which only threatens to become actual as long as men believe it.”—Theodor Adorno, The Culture Industry (p.96)