Digital Culture & Society (DCS)

Vol. 5, Issue 2/2019 – Laborious Play and Playful Work I

This double issue of Digital Culture & Society addresses the complex thematic field of the dialectics of play and labour. We will take a closer look at the problem of play and work from two overlapping, albeit not mutually exclusive, perspectives: laborious play and playful work.

The term laborious play points to practices and processes that turn playful activities into hard work. Laborious play happens whenever playfulness turns into work, and may be observed in such activities such as e-sports, excessive play, »goldfarming«, and Twitch gameplay broadcasting, amongst many others.

A complementary phenomenon to that of laborious play is the practice and concept of playful work. The promises of a joyful and rewarding working experience have been promoted as »gamification« while critical voices denounce such attempts as ideology, exploitation or simply »bullshit«.

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2 September 2020, 172 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8394-4479-5
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Book title
Digital Culture & Society (DCS) Vol. 5, Issue 2/2019 – Laborious Play and Playful Work I
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
172
Features
9 SW-Abbildungen
ISBN
978-3-8394-4479-5
DOI
10.14361/dcs.2019.5.issue-2
Commodity Group
3744
BIC-Code
JFD
BISAC-Code
SOC052000
THEMA-Code
JBCT1
Release date
2 September 2020
Topics
Gesellschaft, Medien, Internet
Readership
Media Studies, Game Studies, Sociology and a broader public
Keywords/Tags
Laborious Play, Playful Work, E-Sports, Excessive Play, Goldfarming, Twitch, Internet, Society, Media, Digital Media, Media Theory, Sociology of Media, Media Studies, Journal

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