'A brave attempt to inject a little playfulness... into the dull grind of the working stiff.' -- Iain Finlayson, The Times
'Fizzes with intellectual curiosity. Kane writes engagingly and with a humility difficult fo find among idea-entrepreneurs.' -- James Harkin, IndependentThe Play Ethic
ought to be the most influential book by a Scot since R.D.Laing's The Divided Self
. -- Christopher Harvie, author of No Gods and Precious Few Heroes, and Professor of British Studies at the University of Tubingen.
Pat Kane has rescued play from the margins of our life and hauled it to the center, where it belongs. -- Daniel H. Pink, author of Free Agent Nation and A Whole New Mind (forthcoming), ex-speechwriter to Al Gore
Pat Kane should convince even skeptical work addicts of the interdependence of play, purpose, and profit. -- Douglas Rushkoff, author of Coercion and Children of Chaos, and Professor of Virtual Culture at New York University
We all think we know what play is. Play is what we do as children, what we do outside of work, what we do for no other reason than for pleasure. But this is only half of the truth. The Play Ethic explores the real meaning of play and shows how a more playful society would revolutionize and liberate our daily lives. Using wide and varied sources from the Enlightenment to Eminem, Socrates to Chaos theory, Kierkegaard to Karaoke The Play Ethic shows how play is fundamental to both society and to the individual, and how the work ethic that has dominated the last three centuries is ill-equipped to deal with the modern world. With verve, wit and intelligence, Pat Kane takes us on a tour of the playful world arguing that without it business, the arts, politics, education, even our family and spiritual lives are fundamentally impoverished. The Play Ethic seeks to change the way you look at your daily life, how you interact with others, how you view the world. It is a guidebook to new, exciting and unsettling times. But even more than this it is a survival guide for those seeking to break the shackles of work dominated society. Shocking, controversial and magnificently argued, The Play Ethic is a book no one who works - or has ever worked - can afford to be without.