Re: Has Technology Altered The Balance of Power In The Workplace?

Gordon Fitch (
16 May 1995 13:52:54 -0400

iguana@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Martin C Kaminer):
| >| The material collected will also be made available via the WWW. I would
| >| be very grateful if anyone with experiences, anecdotes or opinions in
| >| the following areas would see fit to contribute them.... (Gordon Fitch) writes:
| >I notice that you don't mention sabotage and subversion,
| >which will become increasingly important diversions for the
| >employed and semi-employed as production systems become more
| >complex. (Dave Griffith):
| An old dream, but an unrealistic one. Sabotage is only a meaningful
| occupation near the end-stages of social breakdown. Before then, you
| just can't generate enough effect to make it worth the effort, and
| the campaign breaks down of its own futility. (I disregard tactical
| sabotage ('Keep the bridge out of commission from 1200 to 1500, but
| no earlier') as it requires coordination beyond the capacity of
| the general populace.) Even the height of the Luddite and French
| Resistance sabotage campaigns yielded little in the way of effect.

I did not mean sabotage as a means to an end, but an end in
itself. There is hardly any point in bringing a business
down these days, when it's going to go bankrupt, be bought
out, or move to Indonesia in a year or two anyway.

I did say "diversions."

>< Gordon Fitch >< ><