Technology and Work

By the early 20th century engineering was triumphant--Americans looked to rationality and efficiency to make life better.  More, faster, better was the theme of the time.  But questions began to be raised.  Cowan ch. 8 is important for its discussion of the impact of technological change on the experience of work.

Back to the history of Mass Production:

The Assembly Line:

 Ford's River Rouge Plant

Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times shows fears that the assembly line would make men into machines.

Scientific management :

 a machine used today in evaluation of workers

How did workers feel about all this?

There were other people besides workers who had doubts:

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last updated 10/14/05