Lecture 8.docx - Lecture 8 Mumford Mechanization and regimentation.supplemented and increasingly replaced religious ritual as a means of coping with

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Lecture 8: Mumford Mechanization and regimentation...supplemented and increasingly replaced religious ritual as a means of coping with anxiety and promoting psychal stability in mass populations. Talking about Egyptians but it is still around today (small factories, businesses) - fragmentation of tasks Industrial revolution: Organization of people, reintroduction of ritual behaviour Shift from pluralistic, multi task job to fixed schedule The megamachine gives us security We never know if we are making the right decision, hence why we are in fear o However, when you have a job that is fixed, you don't think about the job -> it's a comfort thing, easy But this robs us of making decisions because we are limited in our choices The Megamachine itself has become, with increased compulsiveness, the condition of continued scientific and technical advance. The original megamachine is ordained by the pharaoh but we get stability through work, housing, food Still regulates our lives today, we are not getting all the benefits, just the easiness, but leaders and corporations are Role in society that gives us a focus for good or bad The unconditional commitment to the Megamachine is now regarded by many as the main purpose of human existence. Devoted to the continuation of society, where society is a technologically driven society The clock, not the steam engine, is the key-machine of the modern industrial age. The clock...
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