Liquid Labour, Liquid Life

time is money

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Bardwell and Reeves said it best and simplest, the boundaries between our work and personal interactions have blurred together it’s hard to separate the two as a new global economy wedge emerges, the information network (Bardwell, Reeves, 2008). Liquid labour has created a free flow of information and interaction between us and the digital world that is now our workforce,   but is it the most beneficial model that has formed, and who does it really benefit?

The traditional forms of work life, the 9-5 office conformity, we no longer have to travel to a centralised location of information, we can customise our own work hours and location as we are given tasks to complete, but what is the cost of the liquidisation of labour? It does not benefit the worker, it benefits the employers and the clients. The worker must constantly be on, be connected and ready, and not just ready 9-5.

The price of liquid labour, is our lives are caught in the cross-hairs. Without the physical barriers of work life and home life, the border of time and space interrupt the sacredness  of our personal lives, and we cannot switch off. Liquid Labourers, the freelancers and casual’s, are constantly poised to act on anticipation of labour. Our presence bleeds from the here and now to outwards and onwards into emails, a part of us stays in the physical. The delegation of office life and home life become one, and interject into each other unnaturally as you check your work emails during dinnertime, or heed to your bosses any request at the drop of the hat during a family picnic. Because keeping your finger on the pulse of the liquid labour market keeps you flowing, but also turns you into liquid too, as it take you along for the ride, one foot in and one foot out.


Bradwell, P. and Reeves R. (2008) Economies. In Networked Citizens (pp. 25-31)


One thought on “Liquid Labour, Liquid Life

  1. Hey Isabel! Your blog this week was super good. The way you referenced Bradwell and Reeves was really well done. Your post talks about the emergence of liquid labour having some serious impacts on employees with them always feeling the need to be connected. Do you think if we shifted to a more decentralised network would liquid labour still apply?

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