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.
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    Brian A., 18 May 2006 @ 9:40am

    Somebody has to do it...

    And it's not me. Data entry and content transcription is the 21st century equivalent of the typing pool. You can make money with a just a few skills but no one expects to make a real career out of it. At some point you’re going to get bored and either get more education or training and move on. If you don't then shame on you. Don't come bellyaching to me because you hate your dull, thankless job. No ammount of unionization is going to fix that.

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