The dehydration of culture
‘The office’ – less a place, more a condition. For the great majority of urban workers it is their world – their culture. Across the globe office-world grows exponentially, huge buildings sprouting skywards in every major city. It is the site of post-industrial capitalist culture. Cleaner than a hospital, it’s smooth surfaces free of clutter, warm, quiet except for the rattle of copiers and keyboards and the shrill of phones – an entirely insulated, artificial, dry environment. Outside it may be raining and cold. In the office, you wouldn’t know. In most offices, windows, if they exist, seem merely another screen. The smell of fresh rain, the feel of a cool breeze, replaced by the refrigerated, odourless air-conditioning.
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