Thursday, February 18, 2010

Work vs. work

“(Capital-W) Work is what we have considered for years: your boss tells you to do something, you do it, and you get paid. By contrast, (little-w) work is motivated by inherent interest and generally unpaid. Think of the difference between an Encyclopedia Britannica editor doing Work, and a Wikipedia editor doing work during spare hours. Big Work drives the economy; little work drives the Internet. Big Work builds skyscrapers; little work generates a half million fanfiction stories about Harry Potter.”

Aha, just what I've suspected all along. (sigh) Off to Work, I guess.

Clay Shirky: Doing work, or Doing Work?
(via swissmiss)

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