This book provides a long-overdue account of online technology and its impact on the work and lifestyles of professional employees. It moves between the offices and homes of workers in the knew "knowledge" economy to provide intimate insight into the personal, family, and wider social tensions emerging in today s rapidly changing work environment. Drawing on her extensive research, Gregg shows that new media technologies encourage and exacerbate an older tendency among salaried professionals to put work at the heart of daily concerns, often at the expense of other sources of intimacy and fulfillment. New media technologies from mobile phones to laptops and tablet computers, have been marketed as devices that give us the freedom to work where we want, when we want, but little attention has been paid to the consequences of this shift, which has seen work move out of the office and into cafes, trains, living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. This professional "presence bleed" leads to work concerns impinging on the personal lives of employees in new and unforseen ways.
This groundbreaking book explores how aspiring and established professionals each try to cope with the unprecedented intimacy of technologically-mediated work, and how its seductions seem poised to triumph over the few remaining relationships that may stand in its way.
Melissa Gregg is Senior Lecturer inGender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She is author of Cultural Studies' Affective Voices (Palgrave 2006) and co-editor of The Affect Theory Reader (with Gregory J. Seigworth, Duke University Press, 2010).
Contents Acknowledgments Preface Introduction Work's intimacy: Performing professionalism online and on the job PART ONE THE CONNECTIVITY IMPERATIVE: BUSINESS RESPONSES TO NEW MEDIA 1. Selling the flexible workplace: The creative economy and new media fetishism 2. Working from home: The mobile office and the seduction of convenience 3. Part-time precarity: Discount labour and contract careers PART TWO GETTING INTIMATE: ONLINE CULTURE AND THE RISE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING 4. To CC: or not to CC: Teamwork in office culture 5. Facebook friends: Security blankets and career mobility 6. Know your product: Online branding and the evacuation of friendship PART THREE LOOKING FOR LOVE IN THE NETWORKED HOUSEHOLD 7. Home offices and remote parents: Family dynamics in online households 8. Long hours, high bandwidth: Domesticity at a distance 9. On call Conclusion Labour politics in an online workplace: The lovers vs. the loveless