In the last lecture of the module
On the world of work and employment
Jonathan poses the question:
‘Who wins, who loses?’ His aims
are clear; his learning outcomes admirable.
He’s South African, emphatic.
Steeples his hands between Fordism
and Post-Fordism. Circles the air around
‘flexible- working’. Has an Hiroshima
of a day ahead, he tells me, so can’t do feedback.
Down the front of his crisp white shirt
dangles a Gustav Klimt tie:
post Art-Nouveau faces superimposed on silk
or so I reckon, from where I’m sitting
at the back. He made a real
effort of engagement at the start
but they weren’t having any. I want
to write ‘good tie’ in the box
about educational resources but settle
for the usual, ‘excellent Powerpoint slides’
which have kicked-up on a strange
lap-top: bullet-points rushed in from
the left, got themselves in tangles in a bid
for centre-stage. His text’s often
ahead of him but I get all this.
The hour-glass economy.
Top jobs/shit jobs. Bugger-all in the middle.
I sketch in the basics; keep him
in my head, comparing, contrasting,
with Steve yesterday, all chat
and challenging questions on disease-clusters
and bad air: micro to macro.
Who won, who lost? It’s complex
but we know the answer. I plan a closer look
at that tie as I go out but forget.