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« on: June 24, 2020, 08:15:22 am »
DEFINITION: precariat

In sociology and economics, the precariat (/prɪˈkɛəriət/) is a neologism for a social class formed by people suffering from precarity, which is a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare. The term is a portmanteau obtained by merging precarious with proletariat.   Unlike the proletariat class of industrial workers in the 20th century who lacked their own means of production and hence sold their labor to live, members of the precariat are only partially involved in labor and must undertake extensive "unremunerated activities that are essential if they are to retain access to jobs and to decent earnings".
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Excuse me, but I think that part of my brain that suffered a nervous breakdown from frustrations with "mathematics confusions" in high school, the part that wished to investigate "Asian Studies," has resurfaced for a spell.   I understand that the term, Asian, being such a generic term, is nearly as outdated a term as Oriental.   I mean no disrespect to the diverse peoples of the East, be it Far East, Middle East, or India ... when I attempt to discuss such "social phenomena."

I am interested in this term Diaosi (loser) used by the youth of China.  I think they are using the term to decrease the depressing effects of the situation.   I also am an aging loser, with all due respect to myself, as well.   The only big difference for me, though, is that I am not at all interested in frying my brain with video games.   I prefer frying my brain with elegant mathematical code.   :P

The Birth of Social Class Online:   The Chinese Precariat on the Internet

From section 5.2 (Getting Diaosi offline):

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... the term Diaosi originated as an insult for a poor, unattractive young person who stayed at home all day playing video games, with dim prospects for the future – in other words, an image of a loser. As the term went viral on the Internet, Chinese youth from all backgrounds began to embrace it. It has become a self-deprecating countering to the young people with high social status, success, and bright futures. The number of people who refer to themselves as Diaosi has continued to grow, and it is slowly transforming into an online subculture. Is Diaosi a totally virtual phenomenon and an imagined image without connection with offline China? Or is it a reflection of the new development of China’s social reality? If so, who are the people identifying with Diaosi? And what are their offline experiences?   According to a comprehensive report jointly compiled by an online gaming project, youxiashijie, and a survey company Yi Guan Today, in April 2013, some 526 million young people across the country openly considered themselves to be ‘losers’ or Diaosi.  All this indicates that the emergence of Diaosi on the Internet has a profound social class  origin  in  Chinese  society.  Only  by  exploring the  social  context  of  this  online phenomenon, the meaning of Diaosi can be fully interpreted.

Keeping things in perspective:  We are the presence of 7 billion (soon to be 10) MOSTLY ill, poor, violent, struggling, human bodies ... (recall The Aborigine's statements).

There really are no winners.  We really are all equal in the end, equally nothing.

Celebrate ZERO!   Embrace the Void within each and everyone of us.

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Re: precariat
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2020, 06:48:13 pm »
We are all the precariat.  And if we are dangerous, it is because we are about to shatter the illusory security of our rulers.  (Seymour 2012).

(emphasis - Hentrich)
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Celebrate Zero: Make Poverty Respectable
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2021, 03:17:03 am »
Celebrate ZERO!   Embrace the Void within each and every one of us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy_tnCr2u-0
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Re: precariat
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2021, 03:41:11 am »
“Respectable Poverty” Is A Damaging Concept

What the term “respectable poverty” implies is genuinely damaging. Both on the individual level – and for society.

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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2021, 05:08:57 pm »
In shunning social status, I could become an inspiration to the youth to embrace failure as a beautiful expression of defiance and vigorous revolt!

Christopher!

The reason why the psychiatric profession and the old priesthoods bear such a resemblance:  Both use physical restraint and abuse as ways of enforcing the status quo.   Both have the audacity to posture themselves as the moral high ground, when their ethics are highly questionable.   

It is a misuse of their training.  Intellectual heresy is none of their business.

Protesting is no longer enough.  We can no longer cooperate.  That is, the False Self that is the Gort has been constructed by Gortville Society.   The primal animal being is at the control panel in our Tribal Consciousness.   The Animal Being is the suffering that must be allowed to speak or else the rocks are going to shout about it.

“Your book is a failure.” —- “No doubt, but you are forgetting that I wanted it to be one, and that it could hardly be a success otherwise.” ~ Emile M. Cioran

https://archive.org/details/cornell-west-love-train

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ya1ISUqkeA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2Ebi66S9fU

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Low Desire Society (I am my own liberator)
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2021, 10:14:04 pm »
Post Scriptum from Obscure Lovecraft Stories?

I understand that those of us who post here (or even lurk here) may consider ourselves anti-heroes, but I have the feeling that those who identify themselves as Diaosi (Chinese youth) or otaku (Japanese aging not so young adults) - as well as the global underclass armed to the hilt with high-tech skills may have a repressed superhero running through their veins and sinews.

I am my own liberator
Say it to yourself
When you aint got nothing left
That's your POWER and your WEALTH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcfLSMupzus

Superman was the po-po
 and Batman was a snitch
Wonder Woman fought to keep the rich people rich
The second coming of Brother Man
Straight out the gutter man
(https://youtu.be/ZcfLSMupzus?t=198)

When people say, "Don't be a hater," I think they mean that you don't have to be jealous of those you find strong and beautiful.  In the above, the artists seem to be wishing to inspire others to live their own hero's journey.
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Take courage Holden, Senor Raul, Ibra, Silenus, and any others out there who may pass through here looking for a little truth, even if that truth isn't "positive" ----

I have been doing some research to see where the concepts of Diaosi, Otaku, and Loser/Geek overlap:

1)  Underdogs Find Success in ‘Diaosi’ Identity from China Digital Times
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2) The Politics of Online Wordplay: on the Ambivalences of Chinese Internet Discourse by Yanning Huang

A thesis submitted to the Department of Media and Communications of the London School of Economics for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Abstract:

Chinese cyberspace is vibrant with new expressions created and disseminated by Internet users. Generally light in tone, terms such as ‘Grass Mud Horse’ and diaosi(literally meaning ‘dick strings’) have been argued to constitute a playful and  satirical  form  of  speech  exemplifying  grassroots netizens’ carnivalesque resistance against  the  authoritarian party-state. Grounded  in  and  informed  by a historical  review  of  the  transformations  of  class  and  gender  relations  in  China, my doctoral research goes beyond such a dichotomisingframework by adopting a critical socio-linguistic perspective.Through   extensive   original   discourse   analysis,   focus   groups   and   in-depth interviews with a cross-section of the Chinese urban and rural youth population, I  sketch  out  two  major  ambivalences  of  online  wordplay  in  Chinese  cyberspace, finding  that,  on  the  one  hand,  it  simultaneously  recognises  and  disavows  the living  conditions  of the  truly  underprivileged—migrant manual  workers;  and, on the  other  hand,  that  it  both derides  the  lifestyles  of  the  economically  dominant and  also  displays  a  desire  for  middle-class  lifestyles.  Interviews  further  reveal that Chinese Internet discourse articulates tensions between the stance of urban young  men  in  the  lower-middle  class  and  that  of  urban young  women  in  the middle  class.  The  former  revealsmen’s anxieties and self-victimisationat  what could  be  called  the  changing  gender  order.The latter emphasises women’s autonomy and aspirations with regard to ideal masculinities.I  conclude  that  this  latter  stance  is  underpinned  by  an  emerging  ideology  of ‘consumerist feminism’, which celebrates women’s empowerment but limits this to  the  private  realm  and  to  personal  consumption.  Finally,  the  thesis  also  takes into account the co-option of Internet discourse by corporations and party media and the ways in which this shapes the changing connotations of online wordplay andits  bearing  on  the  wider  social  order  and  power  struggles  in  contemporary China.
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3) Why didn't Japan counterattack with diaosi?

Japan's low desire society is well known, and it has gradually spread to my country in the past two years. Many people start to have no desires, do not want to work, do not want to socialize, do not want to fall in love and marry, and do not want to have children. Young people are becoming more and more self-conscious, don't want to please anyone, just want to live a safe and comfortable life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J46sRuj99Cw&list=RDMM&index=3
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4) What is https://4chan.org/  ?

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5)  Finally, I asked search engine (STARTPAGE) the following:  Does India have similar to China's Diaosi and Japan's otaku?

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What are the similarities between the Chinese, Indian, and Japanese cultures?

5B:
China and India have the largest similarities than any other country in the world:The Power of Two

I hear all this war propaganda about how China and India are being set up to wipe each other out with nuclear weapons, and yet ...  “Hindi-Chini Bhai-Bhai” (Indians and Chinese are brothers)

What would the Holden of India be called?  In China, the diaosi identity is strongest in the 30 to 39 year-olds, with more than 80 percent identifying as such.  Why is Holden of Northern India such an isolated case?  There have to be countless Holdens who simply do not bother to articulate their "predicaments" ...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hco9bCh7Nes&list=RDMM&index=5
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2021, 12:58:46 am »
From Why didn't Japan counterattack with diaosi?

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China is a society that laughs at the poor but not at the prostitution! It is this social environment created by the gap between the rich and the poor that drives people with no money and power to catch up, which is what we call Diaosi counterattack!

Then why didn't Japan counterattack with diaosi? First of all, Japan's society is now relatively balanced, and there are no differences in class. Working in Japan, the monthly salary is equivalent to RMB 10,000 to 20,000. Although this kind of income cannot afford to buy a house, it is affordable. It's okay to rent a small house, and it's okay to eat and survive. Drinking a small wine after get off work, watching a cartoon, the life is also moist. Moreover, the Japanese are extremely polite, and the Japanese do not have that kind of blatant bullying of the poor. Why are there so many single otakus in Japan?

From what Holden has told us about the general rudeness in the offices of northern India, the similarities facing the peoples in the respective "super-powers" are not always something to brag about.   That is, when the people pay deference to the oligarchs, plutocrats, pharoahs, princes and princesses, public life becomes vacuous.

To witness the base and vulgar values driving the so-called sophisticates makes the ancient spiritual wisdom of both cultures all the more alarmingly relevant to the youth the world over from all over the earth.   What has happened?

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Depressed, disappointed, and desperate, the heart of young Japanese people has long since died. There is only a shell on the body, without spirit and soul; every day is like a walking dead, two points and one line are the same path, the same life.

Sad, sad world.   I cry for you all (and for me as well, of course).   There has to be a better way to value ourselves than our "earning power" ---- prostitution trumps scholastics?
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Re: precariat
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La Tristesse Durera Toujours                                  (The Sadness Lasts Forever ...)
-van Gogh.