On the Evolution of Work Systems in the Digital Economy
Announcement: Source Materials List & Upcoming Features
This is a general announcement to notify readers that a comprehensive list of links to research studies, scholarly articles, white papers, and various documents covering on this blog is now available. As stated on the Source Materials page, I will continue to update this list as I find more material. So check back if you don’t find what you’re looking for or feel free to make requests and I will see what I can find.
It’s proven tougher for me to post more regularly as I’m in the midst of a work-life transition, however I’ve arranged to feature an artist’s rendition of the Industrial Age office work lifestyle as well as social commentary that revolves around associated problems (e.g., stress, boredom, etc.).
From the dawn of humankind, we’ve pictorially portrayed the ways in which we work – from cave drawings to paintings depicting farms and farmers laboring during the Agricultural Age. When it comes to the modern office however, I haven’t been able to come up with as much. I’ve often spoken at length about this with my artist friend and we supposed this had to do with how sedentary, uninspiring, and boring office working conditions are. I believe, however, that some of my favorite contemporary films that cover modern day work practices and its consequences on the psyche (e.g., Office Space, Fight Club, and American Psycho) qualify as art. As a side note, here’s an interesting thesis about how such films represent the impact on masculine identity: Masculine Identity in Crisis in Hollywood Fin De Millennium Cinema (Deakin, 2012).
So, my artist friend is up to the task of helping to fill up this gap on a bi-monthly basis. Starting next month, in April, look forward to some interesting, humorous, satirical, and poignant takes on what it means to work in the Industrial 9-to-5 world by Nathan Myhre.