TKC 354 Craig Lambert on Shadow Work

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Interview starts at 21:13 and ends at 39:30

Becoming aware of shadow work enables us to prune away some of the clutter in our lives. Take, for example, surveys—the inundation of our time with surveys, requests for surveys. It seems you can’t buy anything or go anywhere or receive any service without having a followup survey usually emailed to you to ask you, “How did we do?” And I would just encourage the citizens to throw those away if they don’t feel like writing them. We are not obligated to fill out these surveys, but these organizations are preying on our time and asking us to do it. And that’s the kind of clutter that youcan prune away. 

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“Amazon Publishing Marches On” by Jim Milliot with Rachel Deahl at Publishers Weekly – May 8, 2015
“Amazon’s Hit Man” by Brad Stone at Bloomberg Business – January 25, 2012
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Interview with Craig Lambert
Shadow Work: The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill Your Day by Craig Lambert
Earlier book (1981) on shadow work by Ivan Illich
Mind Over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing by Craig Lambert (1999)
“Our Unpaid, Extra Shadow Work” op ed piece at The New York Times – October 29, 2011
“Self-Service: A Sign ‘The Robots Have Won?’” radio interview with Craig Lambert for “Here & Now” on WBUR – November 28, 2011
“‘Rise of the Robots’ and ‘Shadow Work’” by Barbara Ehrenreich at The New York Times Sunday Book Review – May 11, 2015
Amazon Editors’ YA Book Club group at Goodreads
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  1. John Aga wrote:

    Listening to TKC 354 was a reminder that I cannot listen to TKC anywhere near my Amazon Echo. It could get expensive. During TKC 354 you demonstrated how Echo could be used to buy stuff you had purchased before from Amazon. My Echo was very responsive to your demonstration and attempted to buy your recommended stylus. Fortunate for me that I did not have a history of buying that specific stylus, therefore the order did not go through. LOL

    On a related note I can highly recommend the “Universal Smart Phone/ Smart Tablet Stylus Pen – 5 Pack” for the heady price of $1.45. Lots and lots of value for the price.

    Posted 16 May 2015 at 9:06 am
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    John, that’s hilarious. When I was editing the show I had to turn Alexa’s mute button on, turing the blue ring to red, so she wouldn’t think she was being asked for help. I might have ended up buying the stylus again!

    Posted 16 May 2015 at 9:19 am
  3. Marc Clarke wrote:

    Rise of the Robots URL is incorrect, points to an Amazon page about their voice-activated Alexa device.

    Posted 16 May 2015 at 11:58 am
  4. Marc Clarke wrote:

    Similarly, the URL for “Amazon’s Hit Man” points to an page about re-ordering items using Alexa.

    Posted 16 May 2015 at 12:01 pm
  5. Len Edgerly wrote:

    I just fixed both errors. Thanks for catching them, Marc!

    Posted 16 May 2015 at 12:05 pm

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