cohi 100 reading summary #5

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1 Lee Jane Lee Professor Brown COHI 100, Section A12 19 October 2010 Weak 5 Reading Summary In the first two chapters of Julian Orr’s Talking About Machines , he introduces his study of the work that technicians do for the Xerox Company. He observes that their practice is “a continuous, highly skilled improvisation within a triangular relationship of technician, customer, and machine”, meaning that the three components work together to produce for the company. He divides the introduction into three parts, and by doing so, explains what work really means. As he studies the technicians who repair photocopiers, he analyzes every move they make. In the “Fieldwork” section of the introduction, he talks about his own personal experience in the army and tells the reader to compare work he or she knows to that of the Xerox company workers. He explains that, in the real world, there is no separation of social, experiential, and existential work and in the “What is work?” section, he defines the term “work” according to
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