This month we discuss the 1941 Disney animators’ strike before looking at workers’ organisation in the contemporary video games industry.
Our guests were Jamie Woodcock (@Jamie_Woodcock on Twitter) of Notes from Below (https://notesfrombelow.org/), whose new book ‘Marx At The Arcade’ looks at games workers’ struggles, and Marijam Didžgalvytė (@marijamdid on Twitter), games worker, writer, and activist, who hosts the online show ‘Left Left Up’, and is involved in Games Workers, an internarional games workers’ platform. Check out Marijam’s website here (https://www.marijamdid.com), and buy Jamie’s book direct from the publishers (https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1319-marx-at-the-arcade)
Information about the Organising at Work game “jam” Jamie mentions, co-hosted by Games Workers UK and Notes from Below, is online here: https://www.gwu-uk.org/2019/05/10/workers-game-jam/
Special thanks this time to our resident researcher Holly Smith for the presentation about the Disney animators’ strike. Holly used the following sources in her research and recommends them as further reading:
Kinney, Jack., 1988. ‘Walt Disney and other assorted characters’ Harmony Books: New York. Ostman, R.E., 1996. ‘Disney and its conservative critics: Images versus realities’. Journal of …
Original video: https://soundcloud.com/labour-days/ep20-animators-and-videogames-workers
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