Defining “work” has been tough lately. Being “productive” requires a new definition. Is it work when a music student plays an instrument? When is it fun? When is it not?

Of course it’s up to the person, but the music example makes me think about my own work/fun distinctions. What is work if learning and teaching are fun? What is work if reading about and using new web technology is fun? What is work if the result demonstrates some quality about you that later fulfills some necessary requirement or constitutes some value?

Clay Shirky and Yochai Benkler make arguments about work, but I’m thinking about experience, affects. It is not enough to have new theories about work/fun, we must also have ways to think, feel, and be.

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