Hiding in Your Machine

Not a bad job, really. Small office – but one whole wall for a window. Wow.

What are the tips like?

Wait a second… It’s just an ad. And from a company that speaks in German. Well that’s another opportunity lost.

Luckily for everyone in the first world, it’s easy to get a bad job. The trick is keeping it.

It’s harder to get hold of a good job. And when you do it might take hold of you. Pressing more buttons and a kicking when you don’t produce. Without regular oiling, it can make you click into machine mode to protect yourself.

Not in Japan. To evade assailants and superiors you can dress up as machine and stay safe. Although it would involve hours of standing still.

Best way to stay unspotted in the metropolis. But too much robot and no progress. Shame we do it most when there’s greatest pressure. Greatest sense of danger, in public or private.

You can switch off and relax.

In Japan, crime rates are getting lower. The average age is getting higher. You’ll live, even if you’re a cyborg. You can get a job in a vending machine if it gets too much.

While we’re on that – milk two, please. Anyone else want a cup?

2 comments so far

  1. H Young on

    A small cubicle in which to work, funnily enough that doesn’t sound too bad- no one to look over your shoulder, irritate you or generally provide distractions from the focus of getting through 8 hours of sitting in one place and surfing a possibly restricted internet while pretending to do something productive.
    On another note, the japenese do have some strange methods of surviving in a metropolitan environment and with the increasing age of the population there now policing seating arrangements on the underground http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3578770.ece
    Further tips on how to get a seat on the tube can be gleamed from Hajime Yorozu’s book descriptively titled “The Art of Sitting on Commuter Trains.”

  2. [guy bingley] on

    Thanks for the links, Hamish. I’ll take a look this evening.
    Have you seen Kozyndan’s illustration of the Japanese subway with salarymen transformed into school girls?

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