Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Days of labour, nights of writing

"Most interventions frame the poor as objects of the discourse of
 digital access, and they are rarely seen as the subject of digital
 imaginaries. How do we think of the space created by ICT as one that
 expands not just the material conditions but also breaks the divide 
between those entitled to the world of thought, and those entitled to
 the world of work?...

"We all lead intellectual lives, but the distribution of opportunities 
to lead an intellectual life is unequal, and we need to think through
 the history of materiality also as the history of conditions which 
divide people on the basis of those who think and those who work, or 
the division of time between the days of labour and the nights of

-- Lawrence Liang, from "Access Beyond Developmentalism: Technology and the Intellectual Life of the Poor"

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