Are we all going to end up slaving 24/7? The Japanese have long led the way to an all-work, no-play future, but now the Americans, writes Martin Kettle in Guardian Unlimited, are catching up.

“When Americans say they are available 24/7, they say it with a pride and breezy confidence that it’s exactly the sort of thing that you ought to be glad to hear,” he concludes. “But the more often I hear that phrase, the more I think madness is afoot. To me, 24/7 is a shorthand way of describing a living hell.”

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