Hard Work Is Not Inherently Virtuous

On why we feel the need to be productive in the first place

Elizabeth Spiers
Forge
Published in
6 min readJun 24, 2021

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For the last day or two, I’ve been thinking about this excellent Vox essay by Beatrice Forman titled, “The soothing, slightly sinister world of productivity hacks,” partly because while it’s nominally about the new generation of air-quote, Influencers (some of whom are not legally old enough to drink)…

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Elizabeth Spiers
Forge

Writer, NYU j-school prof, political commentator, digital strategist, ex-editor in chief of The New York Observer, founding editor of Gawker