Later On

A very interesting column by Brian Merchant in Motherboard examines the trends in how corporations manage employees and finds that most are moving rapidly in the direction of the Amazon model. Well worth reading. [edit: broken link fixed – LG] You can certainly see the reasons that the culture is pushed, and you can see who benefits and who suffers adverse effects.

From the article:

“I wasn’t surprised about anything in the report, except maybe the desperation that allows workers to accept such conditions,” Douglas Rushkoff, a professor of media theory at CUNY, and the author of Present Shock, told me in an email.“But what Amazon is doing is entirely consistent with the way most companies are using digital technology. It’s a way of extracting value from humans and converting it into share price.”

Of course, working conditions like these are what gave rise to unions to begin…

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