Processed World Nos. 1-32 [with] Bizarro Processed World [with] Fake Program Cover for the 1982 Office Automation Conference.
Place Published: San Francisco:
Publisher: Processed World,
Date Published: 1981-1994.
Book Id: 17229
All issues offset printed. Nos. 1-3 8vos. Nos. 14-32 4to. Nos. 1-25 saddle-stapled; subsequent issues perfect bound. [with] Bizarro Processed World. 8vo. Saddle-stapled. Good only with staining to covers. [with]. Some minor wear and creasing to early issues, but all issues very good to near fine. All print issues of the paradigmatic zine of 80's officeplace dissatisfaction. Processed World arose out of the ashes of the Union of Concerned Commies, the umbrella organization for a number of Bay Area anarchist, post-marxist, and post-situationist groups such as World to Win, Red-Eye, Abalone Alliance, Community Memory Project, etc. The zine focused on the absurdities of the new milieu of the white-collar office and temp environment. The zine became widely read by office workers in the Bay Area, and became one of the most visible zines of the eighties and early nineties, though not without controversy. Included with this run is a copy of Bizarro Processed World, a critique of the collective from an early member. In 1982 members of Processed World costumed themselves and formed a picket line outside of the 1982 Office Automation Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As part of the protest, they printed up fake covers, and used these covers to doctor the official program for the event, renaming it the "International Conference for the Perpetuation of a Vacuous Existence." The text satiricizes the motives behind increased automation in the workforce. Also included is a scarce example of one of these booklet covers. Later issues of Processed World are not uncommon, but runs such as this, with associated ephemeral, are highly uncommon - especially with the very scarce first issue.