Feature - No pain, no gain: Pleasure and suffering in technologies of leidenschaft

Ploderer, Bernd, Wright, Peter C., Howard, Steve, & Thomas, Peter (2009) Feature - No pain, no gain: Pleasure and suffering in technologies of leidenschaft. Interactions, 16(5), pp. 6-11.

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Training for bodybuilding competition is clearly a serious business that inflicts serious demands on the competitor. Not only did Francis commit time and money to compete, but he also arguably put winning before his physical well-being—enduring pain and suffering from his injury. Bodybuilding may seem like an extreme example, but it is not the only activity in which people suffer in pursuit of their goals. Boxers fight each other in the ring; soccer players risk knee and ankle injuries, sometimes playing despite being hurt; and mountaineers risk their lives in dangerous climbs. In the arts there are many examples of people suffering to achieve their goals: Beethoven kept composing, conducting, and performing despite his hearing loss; van Gogh grappled with depression but kept painting, finding fame only posthumously; and Mozart lived the final years of his life impoverished but still composing. These examples show that many great achievements come at a price: severe suffering...

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ID Code: 93533
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: social network sites, passion
DOI: 10.1145/1572626.1572628
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 08 Mar 2016 23:33
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 03:23

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