The Digital Working Class
from the digital-factory-floor dept
Whenever there’s talk about how new technologies are costing jobs, people tend to ignore how those technologies often create new and different jobs as well. Business Week is examining the rise of the digital working class. These are the people who are helping to put all of that information online. Obviously, a good portion of those jobs are offshore, but it appears plenty are local as well. It’s a reminder that not all online jobs are really “tech” jobs. While we still don’t think unions make sense for tech workers, it does seem like these types of “rote” work jobs may be much more inclined to look to unionize. In fact, towards the end of the article, one of the workers talks about how she had to quit her job because of the “factory-type atmosphere” with a boss who would yell at her to type faster. It’s not hard to see large groups of these types of workers eventually deciding to organize.