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E accustomed to from his later works but his imagination and wit are still unmistakable This is a dystopian work describing a United States after a third war where machines have taken the place f 90% f industrial workers Government work available to displaced workers comes from either the Army emasculated and bureaucratic r the reconstitution and reclamation corps the Reeks and the Wrecks a civil rganization where workers have military esue ccupational titles such as asphalt layer first class and senior street sweeper Funny and thought provoking this ushered in a long and prolific career for Vonnegut Player Piano Kurt Vonnegut Player Piano is the first novel Sticky Stanley of American writer Kurt Vonnegut published in 1952 It depicts a dystopiaf automation describing the negative impact it can have n uality f life The story takes place in a near future society that is almost totally mechanized eliminating the need for human laborers The widespread mechanization creates conflict between the wealthy upper class the engineers and managers who keep society running and the lower class whose skills and purpose in society have been replaced by machines The book uses irony and sentimentality which were to become hallmarks developed further in Vonnegut s later works Player Piano is set in the near future after a third world war While most Americans were fighting The Minute Men: The First Fight: Myths and Realities of the American Revolution overseas the nation s manager In his first novel published in 1952 Vonnegut envisages a dystopian future where nearly all jobs have been rationalised away by increasing automation But just when things seem most hopeless a saviour appears in the formf a brash uncouth but lovable billionaire who despite having no previous political experience rides a populist wave to become President He immediately expels all illegal immigrants and starts a war against an alliance f Middle Eastern and Asian countries Within months America s downtrodden poor are again leading full meaningful lives as fruit pickers hotel staff prostitutes and cannon fodder and the country enters a new golden age I just remembered that I did not review Player Piano I did not have the time to do it when I finished the novel ne month ago and then I forgot I am not going to write a full review because I lost the momentum but I have a few comments First f all If you never read Kurt Vonnegut I would not start with this ne It is very good but I believe it would be better savored by readers that already enjoyed Yes, You Can!: 1,200 Inspiring Ideas for Work, Home, and Happiness other works by the author This is his first novel and his fragmented writing style and satire is not fully developed The humor is subtle and somef the plot is a bit dated I started with Slaughterhouse 5 and continued with Th Cat s Cradle That rder was fine for me Player Piano imagines a world where most jobs became bsolete due to the extensive use f machines to replace the use f less productive humans There are many important issues discussed here but the Wolverine: The Long Night ones that seemed most in tone with the current world were about the corporate personality and about the pitfallsf standardizing the evaluation Black Leopard, Red Wolf of people in schoolsjobsr as human beings Kurt Vonnegut is gradually becoming Short Eyes: A Play onef my favorite writers He was a genius The Cybernetic ScriptOne f the most important but least discussed conseuences f WWII is an ideology It is way The Public Hating: A Collection of Short Stories of thinking that unites the political left and right and even transcends the ideologiesf Capitalism and Marxism with their apparent conflicts about the nature Soeur Angèle ou le feu sacré de la joie of human beings and their politics It is an ideology that became and remains the dominant intellectual force in the world in my lifetime This ideology goes by a name that isnly ccasionally used today and is probably recognised nly by specialist professionals ld enough to remember it CyberneticsCybernetics is the unnamed central character in Player Piano where it goes incognito as know how developed during the war As a scientific discipline cybernetics is about control Its vocabulary has largely been assimilated into general usage systems feedback loops reuisite variety algorithms sustainability In the year that Vonnegut was writing Player Piano 1951 cybernetics was the fashionable inter disciplinary buzzword in fields as diverse as hormonal medicine national government industrial economics and computer design not
To Mention Player Pianos And Of Course mention player pianos And course "Vonnegut S Obvious Subject Robotics " s bvious subject Robotics big names in the social sciences Dirty Dozen 2 (12 Taboo XXX Tales) of the day von Neumann Ashby Weiner Bateson Deming Beer to name just a few all had cybernetic connections through the war effortVonnegut s prescience about the effectsf cybernetic thinking for things like automated factories computer assisted design self driven cars voice recognition and expert systems are at least as good as anyone involved in the discipline at the time But Vonnegut s real talent isn t predictive it s prophetic And his insights aren t about science they are about ideology He saw beneath the breathless press and stunning technological advances produced through cybernetics to how cybernetics was being used shape the manner in which human beings were to live with each ther whether they were conscious f this r notCybernetics was always than a discipline r method r even a manner f thinking Through general tacit but very real agreement n the issues f importance to be addressed the nly issues cybernetics became an ideology a framework a rationale most crucially a rationalisation f the exercise f power by the people who had power These are the people Vonnegut identifies as the elite technical managers and their distant superiors who tend the complex cybernetic control mechanismsBut Vonnegut is far too perceptive to categorise the world simply into managers and those they manage There is a reason why the very senior managers in Player Piano are kept vaguely in the background They are the nly people not subject to cybernetic demands The Greetings! only thing that cybernetics cannot be used for is the decision about what constitutes a successful resultf the processes involved about how to measure value Player Piano was born in a world f the McCarthy hearings alluded to in the phrase fellow travellers the most blatant attempt to institutionalise the definition f success until recent timesSuccess is defined elsewhere than by the factory managers in Player Piano in the higher reaches Tribeca of corporate management beyond the pay gradef a Proteus and his colleagues in Ilium incidentally the Latin for guts including the highly vulnerable testicles as well as another name for Troy Grey's Lady of the treacherous horse And however value is defined it is not a processr a result to be tampered with in Vonnegut s world at the level Blue Streak of mere management professionalsA successful resultf a cybernetic process might be defined in terms The Asketikon of St Basil the Great of efficiencyr speed r innovation r profit consumer satisfaction r literally anything the human mind might conjure Whatever it is it is hard wired into the little tape loops that run each machine in Ilium s massive factories But nothing within the discipline f cybernetics gave a clue as to which Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time of these measuresf success was appropriate Thoroughly Disarmed or bestr acceptable This is the lynchpin f Vonnegut s narrative It is not mere Luddite sabotage f the machines that is the threat to Ilium s stability but rather changes to the criteria embedded in the tapes and the authority that creates them It is the control boxes that must be kept locked and secure These are the tabernacles in which the secret decisions about what constitutes value are hidden and from which these decisions invisibly control both the machines and the factory managers It is these tiny sanctuaries not the gigantic integrated chains After the Ashes of machines that are the driving forcef Vonnegut s fictionExcept that this situation wasn t and isn t The Angry Planet only a fiction The separationf the management Melody's Key of cybernetically controlled systems and the choicef their criteria f success that is to say their value is the core f cybernetics as an ideology In both Player Piano and in the world as it has evolved this separation has largely come to pass Politically this has gone largely unnoticed by those most affected by the ideology Until A Chance Acquaintance of course very recently as demonstrated in the dramatic political events in Europe North America India and I think even ChinaA key partf Vonnegut s narrative is the separation f what would come to be called the 99% from the corporate managerial class The most interesting part f the script is the malaise that affects the. Ale f engineer Paul Proteus who must find a way to live in Disappointed in this ne it was underwhelming I hadn t read Vonnegut in a long time and was excited to read this Unfortunately I found the characters rather unlikable The Wallflower's Revenge obnoxiousne dimensional caricatures while the narrative perated like a chess game in which I could guess most every move before it was made I also found the messaging heavy handed Yeah I agree r at least am concerned with most War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861 of the themes brought up but it was done with a lackf subtlety that grated Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World on meIn termsf the societal and cultural critiue I generally align with many f Vonnegut s positions The critiue encompasses worship f technology efficiency productivity growth meritocracy materialism above all else There is critiue f elites hoarding pportunities classism all powerful and dictatorial corporations that strip away Introductory Algebra: Models Concepts Skills our rights couching it under the guisef freedom and progress the rules and rigidity Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together of corporate management and bureaucracy marriagef corporations and police state In this atmosphere the powerful use their moralizing as a cudgel n poorer people the underclass to strip away their humanity sound familiar Warps into a vulgar sort f anti humanism camouflaged by grandiose and caricatured moralizing In this book elites tell themselves they are heroes moral heroes saving the rest Blue Blood of humanity while in actuality mostf their actions and motives are self serving and based The Gollywhopper Games: Friend or Foe on consolidatingr increasing their power Vonnegut makes commentary Parafilias (Spanish Edition) on all that Thene aspect he doesn t touch It's Like This on is the environmental aspect and worries from an unrestrained system that cannibalizes everything in sight and for me I see that asne The Mirage of the most important issues that could lead to global civilizational crisis But it s completely understandable that he doesn t hit this aspect because I don t think it was in the cultural zeitgeistf the times it would take a few decades before this concern would really start to blossom in the cultureThere is a strong critiue f techno utopianism here and that s cool I m fine with that although Vonnegut comes across as pessimistic than me n technology Technology is mere tool it is how humans use and apply it that matters Technology with proper policy and decent thinking can benefit broad swathes Rituels secrets des Templiers of humanity I don t fear machines I don t fear technology but I worry about the humans behind the machines who leverage these things for their power The uestion is will the powerful keep copting technology in rder to keep funneling and consolidating power and control for themselves further walling themselves ff from the rest A Mild Suicide of societyr will we have sensible policy and management Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet of these technologies that allows a diverse rangef people to benefit I think we need to work hard to make sure society as a whole benefitsI don t know a lot about the Frankfurt School I ve Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face only read a few articles But I wouldn t be surprised if Vonnegut was strongly influenced by their ideas and cultural critiue because hiswn critiue pretty much mirrors many Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church of their views In their views there is a cultural and spiritual sickness plaguing the modern world with a cultf instrumental reason driving the way is easy to critiue materialism and the cult f materialism Unfortunately I think it is valid there is a spiritual and cultural vacuum and this materialism is filling the void in ur culture and ur lives Materialism wouldn t matter as much if we had solid foundations in spirit and culture I do think the pendulum may be starting to swing the ther way against hyperconsumerism but it s hard for me to say for sure In the end I just don t think hyperconsumerism is sustainable not just in regards to the environment but not sustainable in the economic societal and cultural aspectsI do appreciate this book for its themes its prescience and its relevance to today s problems I love Vonnegut in general but like I said in spite Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) of the themes I was disappointed with story telling characters and ideological heavy handedness The themes do pose very important uestions uestions that we will keep struggling to answer in the coming generations It s been almost thirty years since I read Player Piano and all I had retained from that first read was the namef the main character a faint recollection Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 of the novel s focusn a future world heavily reliant Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale on automation and a vague sensef not liking the book all that much despite Vonnegut being ne f my favorite authors I had hoped to like the book better as a seasoned adult but instead I found re reading Player Piano to be a tedious chore which In a world where actuaries in Japan are getting fired by the hundreds because an algorithm now does their job where s utterly creepy house robot Echo can Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) organize your life and transfer infon your every move to God knows who and where Google has created AIs that live n the Internet and talk to each ther in an encrypted language so sophisticated that humans can t figure Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian out what they are saying Player Piano is eerily prescientIn fact as someone who works for a major insurance company and who knows just how ridiculously dependent we aren your technology working well and how much we want Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time our employees to be devoted body and soul to the company this book felt disturbingly familiar from the very first pageIn a not so distant future everything has been automatized and machines do all the work nobody starves and thenly jobs still available are the nes that can t be replaced by machines and the army But f
course a chasm exists between those who do simple manual work and the engineers and a chasm exists between those who do simple manual work and the engineers and who verlook the exactitude f all those machines effectively creating a polarized societyPaul Proteus an important engineer and manager f Ilium Works can feel that something is not uite right with his life and with the world but of Ilium Works can feel that something is not uite right with his life and with the world but not know how to deal with his malaise His ld friend and colleague Ed Finnerty has acknowledged that this way Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, of life is hollow and unfulfilling a long time ago and resists the systematic automationf everything by not fitting into the mold Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. of the brilliant engineer that he isOne day Paul is asked to betray his integrity for a better job and a secure social position and he finds himself incapablef doing it He decides to rebel against this life that now feels so meaningless but it s not as easy to escape the corporate beast as he seems to think Especially when computers have a record The Reformation (World History Series) of your entire livesIn a parallel story line we accompany the Shahf Bratpuhr s visit to America his incapacity to perceive people who are not in charge as anything ther than slaves despite his translator s best efforts and his amusement at the exotic and illogical American way f lifeThe idea Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One of the corporation as a Church its employees as its worshipers and its executives as clergy isbviously not a new Date With A Dead Doctor one but it gave me a uncomfortable shiver The corporate retreat which is essentially a brain washing vacation meant to cultivate your bond to the company and with your colleagues the long ridiculous titles meant to glorify the simplestf jobs executives than executants I see these things going Signs in the Heavens: A Jewish Messianic Perspective of the Last Days Coming Millennium on every day at work and it s creepy Add to that a President who is an actor because charisma is important than political skill for that job shudderI see human labor skill and intelligence devalued a little bit all the time whether because we have become too reliantn Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) our GPS to know how to read a mapr because products are now manufactured to break in a year Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy or two so that we must buy a brand newne that turns Witchopoly out to be cheaper than repairing theld Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most one It makes me uncomfortablen so many levelsSome people seem to think that Vonnegut has not yet sharpened his trademark wit and dark humor to their full potential when he wrote Player Piano but I found him to be just as brutally funny vitriolic in his commentary and thought provoking as in his later works He had his finger Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro on the simple reality that without a sensef purpose and usefulness humans will loose their sense f identity and their spirits and he wrote a great book about itOf course he missed the mark n a few things the Rust Belt s downfall for instance And the very ld fashioned gender roles made me roll my eyes a few times But dismissing this work just because a few things are not perfectly predicted would be a mistake I recommend it to everyone Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut was his first novel first published in 1952 Early fiction from Vonnegut is told in a straightforward fashion than Vonnegut readers will Alternate cover edition located hereVonnegut's spins the chilling
Free read Player Piano99% ers This malaise is spiritual rather than material Although unemployed the plebs are not homeless r starving But since the removal Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) of the corporate ladder which had given apparent purpose to life and by which they might have advanced a central elementf the post war American Dream they are dissatisfied and unruly The most hopeful aspect Boarding House of Hunks of Player Piano is that they don t seem to want the corporate ladder backAs a prophet not a forecaster Vonnegut got some things wrong What he mainly got wrong was the precise mode in which the cybernetic ideology was to playut He reckoned along with many philosophers and social scientists f the time that the managerial elite would dominate through their control f manufacturing and transport This is how the Robber Barons in the late 19th century and the Russian soviets had already done itWhat no Bec (The Demonata, one literally none at the time anticipated was that even the manufacturing elite wouldn t be high enough up the cybernetic food chain to set the criteria for success This would be left to the even remote Captains The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins of Finance not the contemporary Lordsf Industry Given that neither Karl Marx nor Frederik Hayek saw that ne coming we might want to verlook Vonnegut s slipVonnegut couldn t see the impending shift because Finance in America as everywhere else was still Capitalist Finance in 1951 Not for a decade did cybernetics under a new heading f Corporate Finance as a real discipline and an ideology become identifiable as a visible intellectual force And not for yet another decade was this force great enough to shift corporate power decisively from the capitalists who make things to the capitalists who finance things It is unarguable that today it is the likes f Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley rather than General Motors r General Electric that dominate the world economy and a large portion f its social ambitions as well The transition is complete Same cybernetic ideology just a different cast Our Planet: Our Home of corporate characters And Vonnegut wrote the script Unfortunately Trump not Proteus is leading the revolution And just when you thought it s safe to drink the Kool Aid When Kurt Vonnegut does dystopia as he does in his first novel Player Piano you know it s not an empty idea for him to rail against but a way for him and us to workut the implications Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of a new reality in this caseur desire to improve the world with technology In this early dystopian vision set in the near future after WWIII the world is nearly completely automated like the player piano Society s needs are apparently met Far from bringing about happiness automation nly serves to alienate the upper class from the rest f society who no longer have any purpose The plot follows engineer Paul Proteus from dissatisfaction with the kind Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of life automation produces toutright rebellion This is a chilling and sometimes darkly funny satire f a world in which technology has the upper hand If humanity had purpose it was usurped by the machines Vonnegut s humanism is evident along with an Man created machines in his wn image And man and machine alike were told to worship ne deity the CORPORATE PERSONALITYThe 10 Commandments according to the Church Of Corporate Thinking1 Thou shalt believe in ne corporation2 Thou shalt have no ther corporations beside the ne you serve3 Thou shalt honour all traditions and communal behaviours f your corporation4 Thou shalt accept whatever the corporation tells you as truth5 Thou shalt have no ther truths except for corporate truth6 Thou shalt lie steal and kill to protect your corporation against enemies7 Thou shalt not think utside the profitability and efficiency box8 Thou shalt not covet any social change but the ne that is good for the corporation9 Thou shalt believe in the infallibility f the machines10 Thou shalt not demand meaning in life but entertainment and convenienceThis is Vonnegut s first novel and the fifth I am reading I have seen many reviews reflecting that his dark sarcasm is not fully developed yet and that this is ne f his weaker works linguistically as well That may be But it broke my heart I am stunned speechless verwhelmed It felt similar to reading Virginia Woolf s The Voyage Out after finishing her later novels It is all there in the making even though the narrative style still remains conventional than in later though the narrative style still remains conventional than in later stages Just like her first novel was full In the End of the anxietyf a world n a disastrous voyage towards the Great War Vonnegut s first novel shows the horrible making f the post modern human being robotic than the computers that are about to be invented It is an act f rationalization that does not end until human life itself has become redundant in the world f technological perfection Vonnegut however does not criticize technology r the development f science per se His aim is to show the robotic majority f humankind s need to form exclusive groups with certain patterns protected against the utside world through specific procedures f selection To keep unity within the group external enemies and propaganda are utilized effectively Vonnegut s narrative mirrors Camus reflections n societies and rebellions in L homme r volt a pendulum movement between different corporations eternally building new The Age of Treachery oppressive systems to support ideas that are taken for absolute truth and weighed againstther ideas considered evil and thus to be destroyed with moral impunity As a hilarious contrast foil and tribute to Montesuieu s Lettres Persanes where a Persian explains the function f the pope from the perspective f an The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy outsider C est une vielle idole un encense par habitude the story is accompanied by seuences describing the travelling Sha Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of Bratpuhr who carefully studies different aspectsf society and insists Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) on calling the robot like Americans Takaru meaning slaves The annoyed interpreter deliberately mis translates the Shah s recurring exclamation Takaru Takaru into citizens thus showing the true coloursf citizenship in a state f prescribed behaviour and commitmentThe verarching topic When a Man Loves a Woman of the uselessnessf modern human beings as explored n a deeper level in God Bless You Mr Rosewater receives no definite solution as the pendulum between power and rebellion keeps movingI felt a shiver down between power and rebellion keeps movingI felt a shiver down spine reading about corporate team building a camp for brainwashing highly intelligent people It reminded me f some education conferences where pedagogues are given formulas for teaching critical thinking skills along with lesson plans standardized assessments and documentation for the all important accreditation processes Keep From Falling of popular curriculum brands Bilious competitiveness within therganisation is lauded as long as it follows prescribed rules while search for personal freedom and creativity is punished severely Surveillance Catalogue the Insanity of every single step in a human s life is taken for granted and technology is embraced as the perfect spyn your private life and thoughts Living in ne f the most automatized countries in the world I smiled at the primitive control functions in Vonnegut s dystopian visions for the future But it was a frozen smile and it hurtHelpless powerless uixotic main character Proteus goes from Shrek one collectiverganisation to the next socialized to be ne in a group he has few weapons and the message seems to be that as an individual you are prey alone hiding in a world f brutal predators who justify their evil with the commandments Look Alikes Jr. of their corporation Partf the rganisation they have no personal responsibility and hence feel no guiltNomen est menProteus name is indicating versatility adaptability and flexibility and he struggles to live up to the rigidity and immutability that is reuired in Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin order to survive in a competitive group with a shared visionary dogma Hispponent Shepherd embraces the dogma and is thus perfectly suited to care for sheepWhen Eve ate the apple she was
the first Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution one to break the rulesf the corporation f the Garden Eden She was expelled for it and thatfirst ne to break the rules The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf of the corporationf the Garden Eden She was expelled for it and that how the story goes ever since think for yourself make your Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis own decisions speak up against illogicalr inhumane rules and actions and you are OUT And human Not a takaru The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives or citizen Congratulations Let s fight the windmillsf the corporate personality for some magic to stay in the worldFor as long as we are here Let the Wolf Howl our stories will gon as Vonnegut brilliantly states in his closing lines This isn t the end you know he said Nothing ever is nothing ever will be not even Judgment Da. World dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machin.