Os vencidos
Luís Alves

Fazer Tudo Hoje

Quando leio estes relatórios vindos directamente do campo de batalha, a primeira coisa que me vem à cabeça, se não estiver demasiado cansado ou perdido nas minhas inúteis distracções, é ideia de que o colapso das maquinarias produtivas só pode estar também ligado a esta patetice de fazer tudo hoje. Fazer tudo hoje, sem interrupções no consumo: aqui estão os vampíros à caça da anfetamina do capital.

Kenneth Goldmisth, professor de Escrita Criativa na Universidade da Pensilvânia, tem um belo plano de acção:

Come January, fifteen University of Pennsylvania creative-writing students and I will sit silently in a room with nothing more than our devices and a Wi-Fi connection, for three hours a week, in a course called “Wasting Time on the Internet.” Although we’ll all be in the same room, our communication will happen exclusively through chat rooms and listservs, or over social media. Distraction and split attention will be mandatory. So will aimless drifting and intuitive surfing. The students will be encouraged to get lost on the Web, disappearing for three hours in a Situationist-inspired dérive, drowsily emerging from the digital haze only when class is over. We will enter a collective dreamspace, an experience out of which the students will be expected to render works of literature. To bolster their practice, they’ll explore the long history of the recuperation of boredom and time-wasting, through critical texts by thinkers such as Guy Debord, Mary Kelly, Erving Goffman, Raymond Williams, and John Cage.
Nothing is off limits: if it is on the Internet, it is fair play. Students watching three hours of porn can use it as the basis for compelling erotica; they can troll nefarious right-wing sites, scraping hate-filled language for spy thrillers; they can render celebrity Twitter feeds into epic Dadaist poetry; they can recast Facebook feeds as novellas; or they can simply hand in their browser history at the end of a session and present it as a memoir.

Esses “entrevistadores sérios” também são capazes de ter uma ou outra coisa para aprender. Mas hoje, não se vá dar o caso serem loosers preguiçosos.

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