Tuesday, September 14, 2004

blok/downey discussion questions

1. In both the Introduction and the Commentary, there is an acknowledgement that the term 'revolution' is sometimes problematic. Sometimes it's hastily applied and sometimes one person's revolution is another person's evolution. For the purposes of our discussion in this course, what is the definition of an 'Information Revolution' and what types of changes have to take place both in the social/technological/structual frameworks and in the lived experiences of those affected by them?

2. Maybe the information revolution was all a grand conspiracy by THE MAN to dissolve the collective bargaining power of workers by disaggregating them. Maybe labor unions refused to see the changes coming in time. Regardless, people involved in information labor don't have a great deal of union representation, and labor unions in their current form don't seem applicable to the structure of information labor. Can labor unions change to become relevant to these workers? How?

3. It seems like many of the individuals who fit into Blok's subdivisions of information laborers wouldn't call what they do 'labor.' What are some of the ideas and assumptions bound up with the term 'labor?'

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