"In Spike Jonze’s best-picture-nominated Her, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) works as a surrogate letter writer for the likes of couples or families that want to send professionally crafted, and genuine, well-wishes to a loved one. With a blank facial expression, Theodore sits at his desk tapping out love letters to strangers. He’s not the only scribe, but rather just one in a room full of surrogate letter writers, emotional laborers typing out messages for a loved one that is not their own. After getting off work, Theodore directs his phone to ‘play melancholy song’ to help induce and amplify his own emotions after feeling the emotions of others for eight hours. Like the factory worker that becomes alienated from the goods he assembles in piecemeal, the body, living under current constraints, becomes alienated from its emotion… Jonze’s vaguely futuristic world, which breaks down how emotion can be in the service of labor, shows us how emotional labor is increasingl moving out of the domestic sphere and becoming industrialized.”http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2014/01/20/her-and-the-future-of-work.html

"In Spike Jonze’s best-picture-nominated Her, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) works as a surrogate letter writer for the likes of couples or families that want to send professionally crafted, and genuine, well-wishes to a loved one. With a blank facial expression, Theodore sits at his desk tapping out love letters to strangers. He’s not the only scribe, but rather just one in a room full of surrogate letter writers, emotional laborers typing out messages for a loved one that is not their own. After getting off work, Theodore directs his phone to ‘play melancholy song’ to help induce and amplify his own emotions after feeling the emotions of others for eight hours. Like the factory worker that becomes alienated from the goods he assembles in piecemeal, the body, living under current constraints, becomes alienated from its emotion… Jonze’s vaguely futuristic world, which breaks down how emotion can be in the service of labor, shows us how emotional labor is increasingl moving out of the domestic sphere and becoming industrialized.”

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