Processed World (magazine)

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Covers of several issues.

Processed World is an anarchist magazine about the absurdity of modern office work.[1] The magazine was founded in 1981. No new issues have been produced since 2005.

Publication history[edit]

Processed World began publication in April 1981 and was printed on an irregular basis, approximately quarterly to semi-annually until Winter 1992. There were 32 published printed issues. Beginning in 1992, there have been three more issues published on the Internet, number 33 in 1995, and two more issues, one in 2000 and one in 2005. These last two issues are numbered 2.001 and 2.005. All of the issues of the magazine are now available online.[2]

Themes of Processed World[edit]

The magazine is about the absurdity and futility of modern employment practices in which a large number of college-educated people are often forced to seek temporary work with no worker benefits. The magazine details the subversive attitudes and sense of humor required for workers to be able to get through the day when forced to perform dull, degrading and boring work as wage slaves doing modern office work such as working as a computer programmer, word processor, call center operator, data entry operator, telemarketer or file clerk.

The print magazine was widely distributed to and read by office workers in Downtown San Francisco during the years the print magazine was published from 1981 to 1992.[3]

Writers and cartoonists appearing in Processed World[edit]

Writers that have had work published by the magazine include Chris Carlsson, Fred Rinne, Adam Cornford, John Norton, Jesse Drew, and Donna Kossy. The magazine featured cartoons by artists such as Tom Tomorrow, Jay Kinney, and Paul Mavrides.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Laura Fraser (December 8, 1984). "Anti-computer rebels 'byte' back". The Globe and Mail. p. M11. |section= ignored (help)
  • John Wallace (March 1, 1986). "The high cost of high tech; the dark side of the chip". The Nation. 242: 246. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  • Frank Clancy (December 3, 1986). "The 'Far Out' Utne Reader Digests Alternative Press". Los Angeles Times. p. 1. Retrieved September 16, 2012. |section= ignored (help)
  • Denise Caruso (July 14, 1991). "10 Years Of A Wonderfully Bad Attitude Computers & Technology". San Francisco Examiner. p. D14. Retrieved September 16, 2012. |section= ignored (help)
  • Paolo Pontoniere (March 24, 1997). "Cyberculture. The Cd-Rom By The Bay". Los Angeles Times. p. 4. Retrieved September 16, 2012. |section= ignored (help)
  • Jamie Beckett (January 20, 1998). "Activist Looks At S.F.'S Fabled Past "Shaping San Francisco" Is A Cd-Rom With A Purpose". San Francisco Chronicle. p. B3. Retrieved September 16, 2012. |section= ignored (help)
  • Tom Hodgkinson (July 22, 2006). "Idle thoughts". The Guardian. Retrieved September 16, 2012. |section= ignored (help)
  • Amanda Plumb (October 1, 2007). "Zines From The Shop Floor". New Labor Forum. 16 (3/4): 152. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  • Gregory J. Scott (March 1, 2012). "Utne Bids Adieu". Minnesota Monthly. 46 (3): 42. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  • Chicago Sun Times 1993,
  • The Progressive 2003.
  • Eye on Design, published January 2018, Retrieved June 6, 2018
  • "World Processor" by Jacob Silverman in The Baffler July 2014 Retrieved June 6, 2018