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Play Ethic

3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
The Play Ethic explores the real meaning of play and shows how a more playful society would revolutionize and liberate our daily lives. Using wide and varied sources from the Enlightenment to Eminem, Socrates to Chaos theory, Kierkegaard to Karaoke, this book shows how play is fundamental to both society and to the individual, and how the work ethic that has dominated th
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Pan Books Limited
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Jenny Yates
Mar 28, 2008 Jenny Yates rated it liked it
This is a frisky, word-happy, dense volume which postulates a "play ethic" instead of a work ethic. For Kane, the internet and the computer - with their ability to divide, blend, connect and disconnect in a variety of ways - light the path to this new way of being in the world.

It's sensitive, fun, occasionally profound, but often a bit too manic. The author relentlessly keeps his ideas spinning, and references everything he possibly can. Perhaps it shouldn't be read in a linear way, as I read it
Mary Karpel-Jergic
An interesting premise. The work ethic which suited the industrial revolution is out of tune with the world that we currently face, For Kane, we need to become literate in all the forms of play that humans pursue. Using Brian Sutton-Smith's 7 rhetorics of play we are introduced to three modern rhetorics: play as progress (self-development); play as imagination (aert, science); and play as self-hood (expression of individuality). We are also introduced to three ancient rhetorics: Play as power (c ...more
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