Link: Shadow Work

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/08/31/shadow-work-and-the-rise-of-middle-class-serfdom/

I think minimum wage laws caused this.
You cannot employ people to do the most menial jobs because the numbers don’t work. It’s better to take the small sliver of savings and tell the customer they’re empowered to do that work.

Soylent food replacement as time empowerment

http://aeon.co/magazine/health/would-we-opt-out-of-food-if-given-the-chance/

There is always a trade-off, in other words, involved in replacing homemade with convenience food – and, undoubtedly, in replacing food altogether in favour of a gritty beige liquid. Yet Laudan is clear: simply having the choice of whether to spend time on food, or not, is a valuable and empowering thing.