In the Digital World, We Work; At Camp, We Play

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2022 Number 106

In the Digital World, We Work; At Camp, We Play
Emma Harrison pages 60-78
DOI: 10.3898/NEWF:106.04.2022


This article extends upon research about the politics of work and the digital mundane. It does this via an ethnographic study I undertook at a digital detox retreat located in North America. At this particular digital detox retreat, participants were invited to relinquish use of their digital devices, discussion of their professions and use of their ‘real names’ for a four-day period. I consider the pertinence of why a detox from the ‘digital’ and from ‘work’ were bound with one another and how the centrality that was accorded to ‘work’ at this retreat was tied in with a cultural framework of the digital mundane. I tie themes iterated in ‘digital detox’ literature with epistemological concerns, highlighting how the signifier of the ‘digital’ allows for an obscuring of high-tech politics and agendas.

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Emma Harrison (2022) In the Digital World, We Work; At Camp, We Play, New Formations, 2022(106), 60-78.

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