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Katharina Brunner

Bloggin' since 2007

Lesenswertes: Profi-Gamer, Sklaven-MGMT und deutsche US-Kultur

Profi-Gamer statt Profi-Fussballer

Vor Jahren handelte eine meiner ersten Reportagen von chinesischen Jugendlichen, die Games spielen. Bei Aeon gibt es nun einen aktuellen (und wesentlich besseren) Text über die Folgen davon, wenn Tausende Jugendliche von einer Karriere es als Profi-Spieler träumen.

„Game boys: From a vast subculture of gaming addicts in China, only a few go professional and get rich. Is the social cost worth it?“

Die alten Römer als die ersten Manager

Ein anderer Aeon-Text vergleicht den Umgang der Römer mit Sklaven und modernem Management:

„The successful Roman master understood that slaves were not stupid and would take advantage of opportunities to undermine their master’s authority. Oppression, however, meant that outright rebellion was as rare as labour strikes today. The three big slave rebellions, the last of which was led by Spartacus, all took place between 135-71 BC when slaves were cheap and expendable, thanks to rapid Roman conquests, and so were treated appallingly.

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Owning slaves and employing staff are in a simple sense a million miles apart. A comparison of the two is going to provoke, but similarities do exist. It is an uncomfortable truth that both slave owners and corporations want to extract the maximum possible value from their human assets, without exhausting them or provoking rebellion or escape.“

Die deutschen Einwanderer und ihre Spuren in der amerikanischen Kultur

The silent minority – The Economist

„German immigrants have flavoured American culture like cinnamon in an Apfelkuchen. They imported Christmas trees and Easter bunnies and gave America a taste for pretzels, hot dogs, bratwursts and sauerkraut. They built big Lutheran churches wherever they went. Germans in Wisconsin launched America’s first kindergarten and set up Turnvereine, or gymnastics clubs, in Milwaukee, Cincinnati and other cities.“

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