Archive for Base 4: Wasting Time

when there is no such thing as too much information

by cindy

more info = greater productivity

or so at least according to one study:


Team E-Waste Inquiry #2: Immaterial E-Waste

Team E-waste is not only looking at the material waste streams of our electronic culture, but the immaterial waste streams as well.  Our question/s to you all on the topic if immaterial waste processing is/are below.

Wasting immaterial resources can seem more abstract, but perhaps you can share stories or reflections on how digital culture can be a waste of time and attention?  Does money seem material or immaterial when shopping online?  Do you use the web to discard (trash) or store (junk) less or unproductive excesses of information, such as old bills, emails, songs that you will never delete nor listen to, old pictures? Is electronic junk or even garbage in some sense an improvement over carrying LP records or CDs, encyclopedias, and photo albums around?

On the flip side of “getting rid of” there is “hoarding”.  With so much immaterial e-waste around us, we are by no means getting rid of it all.  From long ago received emails, digital photos, documents, text messages from your ex on your phone – much of this waste stays with us for reasons logistical, emotional, metaphysical.  Tell us what you are e-hoarding and why.

classic productivity platform

by Tassos Lockbird

I have to admit that I could not fully understand the notion of a “productivity platform”, but after finding this

I will agree that “paper” is my productivity platform of choice. All of my “to-do-lists” or appointments or important information, are written down on a piece of paper. There is something “old school” about paper that appeals a lot to me, but at the same time it’s definitely a very flexible tool that can be used in almost every kind of circumstances. On a more…”contemporary”…or “hi-tech” note…I have to say that smart phones certainly have their advantages, streamlining or optimizing our lives, offering us the ability to find anything we want in a matter of seconds. The downside of smart phones though is that they tend to “enslave” their users and instead of liberating them and offering them more free time, they engage most of the users’ time.

time IS money

by Tassos Lockbird


After reading Zygmunt Bauman’s text I have to admit I was still thinking about my own procrastination and the fact that I have been putting off doing certain things, this assignment included. “Time is money”, Benjamin Franklin said, and inspired me to apply Bauman’s stories about credit card holders and money debt to my own “time credit” and “time debt”. In fact, I realized I had just done the same thing and I had ended up owing a lot! Instead of using a credit card to buy things I cannot afford so that I can indulge in this instant gratification my new purchase will give me, I kept putting off everything I had to do and did not manage well my responsibilities just because I was tempted of the instant gratification doing something else -something less demanding- would offer me. This whole downward spiral led me to owing a lot of assignments -debt- that I had to “pay back”, realizing that time, indeed is money.



no time to waste

by cindy.

today’s time saving guru for the digital age tim ferriss – author of “the four hour work week” –  has branched out beyond time saving tips for career and now offers advice for how to get anything you want – money, sex, the perfect body, knowledge, skills – in as little time as possible:

Now what


– duncan

Solitary Confinement

I have been gravitating towards this idea of time as a commodity, as outlined by Bauman in “The Culture of Waste”. I want to consider the prison system in terms of commodity production as well as “waste” pushed to the margins of  tangibility.  Firstly the prison systems operates essentially as a slave economy under the guise of social rehabilitation.  It is common knowledge that the prison system functions as an industry, providing labor and commodities at costs well below market value.  Solitary confinement has become normal practice in prisons across the United States to maintain this economy. This practice of confinement alienates the prisoner from human interaction and arguably from the sense of being human. In a piece aimed to raise awareness about political prisoners sentenced to solitary confinement, Rigo 23 created the facsimile of such a space in the New Museums stairwell.  A more elaborate description can be found here:  It seems that when a person is stripped of their potential to produce, they are stripped of the ability to waste time. Is solitary confinement a space where wasting of time is impossible, given that the intention of the space is to invisiblize and dehumanize the captive?