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The Play Ethic: A Manifesto For a Different Way of Living Paperback – Unabridged, 3 Sep 2004
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'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, Independent
The 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
A zeitgeist defining book that will challenge all that you know about work, rest and play.See all Product description
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The main problem is the author has obviously spent no time at all in the real world. He advocates that by (re)discovering the 'playful' side of our personalities we can somehow transform our working environment, to being something that its not - eg no longer work.
Yeah, well, that's fine if you're in a creative job, like being a musician, or working in an advertising agency. But try applying it to being a nurse, teacher, claims handler, farmer, data inputter or any of the million other mundane jobs people struggle through to pay their dues in our screwed up economy.
The notion falls flat straight away, because, actually, in the real world there are profits to be made and targets to be reached. People also desire power, and ruthlessly compete with each other for wealth and status.
I'm trying not to be a boring old cynic. People read books like this and genuinely get inspired to live more meaningful lives. Good for them. But, at the end of the day, its completely stupid to think ideas like this can change the world. To do that requires a lot of effort, persistance and... no pun intended - Work.