Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The Sawyer Effect
I liked how Daniel Pink used a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Pink picked the scene when Tom was given the chore of painting Aunt Polly’s fence and how Tom tricked some boys into doing the job for him. He made work into fun and this shows “that Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and that PLAY consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do” (Drive, pg.36). By using this scene, Pink makes up his own term called “The Sawyer Effect” which shows that play can be turned into work and that work can be turned into play. This is useful to know in order to understand the rest of the book.