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21 Dog Years : Doing Time @ Amazon.com by…

21 Dog Years : Doing Time @ Amazon.com

by Mike Daisey

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The author of a popular Web site and hit one-man show called 21 Dog Years provides the intimate details of his employment with Amazon.com during the dot-com frenzy of the late nineties. This darkly humorous account blends tech culture and venture capitalism into a surreal cocktail of delusion.



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If Mike Daisey had worked in customer service at some other dotcom I'm not sure that his account would have been published.
Amazon.com and Jeff Bezos have a giant fascination for the public and the J.B. shadow falls over the whole book. Employees are presented as part of a cult and the author even addresses imaginary emails to J.B. to explore their imaginary relationship..
From a commercial point of view Amazon has been a big success and the author doesn't at all suggest why this is, so I would be much more interested in an autobiography by J.B. himself should one ever arrive. ( )
  Miro | Jun 23, 2012 |
wage slave at dot.com gives insider scoop on cultish fascination and distress

  aletheia21 | Oct 6, 2011 |
It was worth the read. Sadly I understood alot of what he was describing...sarcastically or not. The world of being a CS ... and realizing the point that the job is really not for you, was right on the button. ( )
  Dianadot | Aug 10, 2009 |
This was great. I really heartily encourage you to get the audiobook version of this as it is read by the author himself who normally performs this and his other writings in a manner similar to Spaulding Gray. Audible has it for download and I'm not sure who else might have it. ( )
  JohnMunsch | Apr 10, 2009 |
Very uneven, switching rather frustratingly between segments of actual description of life within the depths of Amazon and attempts at philosophical musing on the dot-com culture. Choosing one approach or the other might have worked better, but giving equal page space to the two has resulted in a bit of a muddle. ( )
  baroquem | Dec 20, 2008 |
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