Time and Status

In the 19th century, when the new class of bourgeoisie arose in response to the industrial revolution, one of the main markers of belonging to this prestigious new class was having free time. New and conspicuous ways of enjoying that free time were devised, giving birth to tourism, consumption of long novels, etc.

Today, it’s all been reversed. The mark of one’s prestigious status as a participant in the liquid economy who is in demand and won’t be discarded by liquid capital is having no free time, being too busy to take vacations, and being higely overscheduled. It’s all silly, though, because the capital doesn’t care about our performative business.

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