Here’s the story, according to Wilson: outside of regular Googlers and the occasional contractors, there are a number of workers, who are hired to digitze books for Google’s massive Books effort to scan and put online every book. These workers are identified by yellow badges, start at 4am, have their own building and have none of the privileges of regular Googlers (the awesome cafeteria, the shuttles, etc) or even contractors like Wilson. Apparently, these workers even have an instruction on the back of their badges to talk to a manager if anyone tries to talk to them.
Anyway Wilson, who is “interested in issues of class, race, and labor”, noticing these peculiar employees filing out of the building at the same time every day (and noticing that they’re apparently all of color…), asks (and gets) an ok from his manager to film them and go talk to them out of general curiosity.
Since these workers are not allowed to talk to other people, cue a general freakout by Google and by the company employing Wilson (who fear that Google will cut them off if their employees go around doing stuff like that). Long story short, despite apologizing profusely and promising not to do it again, Wilson gets fired.
IWW and Black Rose call for International Day of Pizza
CHICAGO, IL - Syndicalist union Industrial Workers of the World and anarchist federation Black Rose/Rosa Negra have announced plans for a coordinated general strike and global, federated pizza party including protests in at least 40 cities in 15 countries on May 1st, 2014.
"The general strike and day of action of May 2012 was effectively the last mass action of the Occupy movement," IWW spokeperson Jonathan "Papa John" Haywood explained in a press conference Tuesday, "As syndicalists, we believe what allowed revolutionary action to fizzle out that day was the lack of one big union and one large cheese."
The IWW currently has 10,000 workers in its ranks, a few hundred of which are pizza workers, and the rest a combination of baristas and historical reenactors. Its recent campaigns across the globe include strikes by both Dominos and Pizza Hut delivery drivers. ”During these actions,” Papa John elaborated, “our current pizza workers were able to stockpile enough pizza for the laziest, most gluttonous day of collective work abstention in history. One day, perhaps it will be enough for full pizza communism.”
Though Black Rose is fewer in numbers than the IWW, their fetishization of organization and months spent underground baking pizza instead of engaging the public promises for some of the raddest pizza parties of all, with some of the most complex variations on Robert’s Rules of Ordering a Slice.
The IWW General Headquarters in Chicago have abstained from hosting a pizza party during the May 1st Day of Pizza, citing evidence that there is no real pizza in their city.
none of these cats care like most of them aren’t even paying attention
Cats are hilarious
ok the butter-licking cat looks proud of his shenanigans.
wouldn’t you be
butter? ew, no.
Somewhere between Haraway’s When Species Meet and KnowYourMeme there is an understanding that when you try to implicate cats into a performative meme meant for dogs you get a totally different scenario.
The #TtW14 Organizing Committee is excited to announce that Molly and John Knefel will be recording a live episode of Radio Dispatchat 11PM during our Friday night (April 25th) afterparty at South 4th Bar & Cafe.
Radio Dispatch is a progressive political podcast…
Theorizing the Web is an all-volunteer effort, and we’re looking for some extra folks to help out during the event itself. Volunteering at #TtW14 is perfect for undergrads—it makes a good CV line, plus it’s a great way to see how a conference works, sit in on panel sessions, eat some free pizza,…