*NEWS*RAGE AGAINST THE COPIER MACHINE

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*NEWS*RAGE AGAINST THE COPIER MACHINE

 user 2008-02-20 at 2:24:00 pm Views: 59
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    Rage against the photocopier machine
    Photocopier
    rage is all the rage. A Canadian study by copier manufacturer Hewlett
    Packard found 10% of users admitted hitting recalcitrant photocopying
    machines. A further 30% said they “seriously wanted to kick or hit”
    their photocopier but managed to exercise restraint.”You know there is
    something seriously wrong with your photocopier at work when someone
    has laminated an ‘out of order’ sign,” wailed one blogger. “One wants
    such a frequently used sign to look its best, after all.”An agent for a
    well-known brand of copying machines says each machine will jam or
    suffer some sort of breakdown on average every 1000 copies. With the
    average machine in a medium-sized office responsible for 3000 copies
    every day, that means multiple opportunities for collective rage.

    The
    Hewlett Packard study blamed violence towards photocopiers on workplace
    stress. In the comedy feature film Office Space, a photocopier comes to
    represent the drudgery and blandness of office work and, in a cathartic
    scene, is destroyed by a disaffected worker.But they’re not only an
    agent of oppression. Photocopiers have underwritten the explosion in
    zine culture, as illustrated by an exhibition currently showing in
    Flinders Street Station’s Degraves subway. “Zines are a low-budget,
    accessible ‘democracy of the multiple’ form of artistic and written
    expression, usually centred around photocopier technology as an easy
    and immediate form of reproduction,” says the blurb for Secrets of the
    Photocopier: Exposing Australia’s Underground Zine Culture.Conformist
    and counter-culture, the photocopier is a contradictory symbol of the
    potential and the restrictions of modern life. Says Wilken: “We
    understand so little about how we interact with everyday technologies.
    They’re fascinating and quite odd. But I would hate to be one of those
    people who work in places like Officeworks. It’s just too stressful.”