Styx - Too Much Time on My Hands

Too Much Time on My Hands?

Continuing our theme of using Cultural Ecology 2017 to speculate on nine big questions about the future of life in the Anthropocene. Question #7: How has industrial and post-industrial capitalism shaped our notions of time? Will anyone ever again have “too much time on my hands”?

The two readings are

  • Tim Ingold, “Work, time and industry” (323-338) in The Perception of the Environment
  • Anna Tsing pp.55-96 in The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins

The reading can of course be accompanied by the classic 1981 Styx debut of “Too Much Time on My Hands”:

As well as the shot-by-shot 2016 remake from Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd:

And for an April 2017 update see “You’re Too Busy. You Need a ‘Shultz Hour'” by David Leonhardt in the New York Times