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Until 01.01.2019 - Scientific Yearbook of the Institute of Philosophy and Law of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

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Political science

Remote Jobs During COVID-2019 Pandemic: Fulfillment of Desires and “Apocalypse-lite”

Fishman, Leonid

Abstract. This article focuses on expectations in society related to COVID-2019. It is shown

that these expectations suggest a picture of future that is close either to a dystopian

one or to the one with clear dystopian background. The author proves that such crisis

situation and the catastrophic way out of it provokes not just the negative response in

the souls of many people being an important part of at least European culture, which

we are part of. Life in a pandemic is, in a sense, the satisfaction of desires arising from

the new opportunities given by the situation and the expansion of the boundaries of the

former freedom. It is no coincidence that the current discourse about remote employment

operates in terms of contentment, happiness, and fulfillment of desires. The role of “lightapocalypse”

in modern culture is considered. The author concludes that we have entered

an era when such “light-apocalypses” partly replace discredited revolutions and associated

hopes in public consciousness and unconsciousness. Therefore, nowadays the frequent

promise of further catastrophes means a tacit recognition that a world with discredited

idea of revolution is still in need for changes, and therefore is doomed to a repetition of

controlled apocalypses.

Keywords: COVID-2019; utopia, dystopia; wish fulfillment; distance employment;

happiness; “light-apocalypse”.

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