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ans of dominating others. Technological advan ce may represent an advance in human
ge and productive capacity in the aggregate, b ut for many individual workers, just the
may occur. “Improved” productive technologies may result in an actual decline of worker
ls, making workers little more than flesh-and-blo od robots (196).
managers realize that the destruction of worke r skills through mechanization and rigid
ed controls is self-defeating, for an ignorant an d hostile work force means production
s well as high costs for maintenance and direct supervision (196).
duction of standard products for a mass market creates a fertile ground for the extreme
of labor and the de-skilling of work — typical of many businesses during the 19th C and
part of the 20th C. But when consumers continua lly demand new, non-standard products,
methods of production no longer make sense from an econom standpoint. Firms clinging
utines not only oppress their work force, but run the risk of eventual bankruptcy (197).
Technological Change and White-Collar Work (
(197-200). In both home and office, the
of workplace computers has provided new opp ortunities for on-the-job surveillance. To
tics, “Computers are the electronic equivalent o f an assembly line to mechanically pace...
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