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8 Oct 2008

Article on Capitalism and Today's Workplace

I found this interesting article (via Wikipedia) relating to Capitalism and today's workplace.

I am off work with a flu-type virus at the moment, and this article seems to describe my working experience. What is the solution, I wonder? Is there one? Does anyone care enough or have enough courage to attempt to reform the current situation?

Interestingly, Modernism is often cited as being about dichotomous thought and therefore limiting perception to black and white stereotypes. However, as mentioned in the article, the Post Modern workplace seems to enforce dualities and contradictions even more than the Modernist workplace. The difference, it seems, is the theatricality of these cognitive contradictions (and their manifestation in behaviour). Indeed, the laborious reducing of reality into contradictive labeling, has resulted in the workplace as a theatre for emotional expression as occupations slip into artificiality, or representations of occupations. Similarly, sophisticated advertising and marketing often represent poor services and products.

Indeed, the human side of industrial relations (!) or the workplace has been replaced by a computerized, bureaucratic and measurable reality. Therefore, a theatre has emerged in reaction to this, whereby employees express their human nature. With the current "Global Recession" (this may be more accurately described as a Western Recession(?)) emotions are often running high in the workplace and the theatricality (suppressed humanness) of employees is creating a real drama in reaction to an artificial and real crisis.


  • At 6:26 pm , Blogger Sheila Murphy said...

    We have been "downed" by rampant narcissism in the leadership on many fronts. And we will rise, despite this, but it will take time now.

  • At 6:36 pm , Blogger crescent said...

    Yes, it will take time.... I appreciate the problems in the US, re: leadership. However, as a resident outside US I have seen these problems mirrored in UK. Like most people I have little belief in politicians these days.

    However, the recent downfall of bamks in US, is truly scary. We have a similar situation, but not yet to the degree of US.


  • At 8:08 pm , Blogger Sheila Murphy said...

    I'm watching closely both there and here, and it's very difficult for everybody. Here's hoping we can get out of this mess with a firm resolve not to stray so far again (or to allow straying that drags people down).

  • At 10:32 pm , Blogger crescent said...

    Thank you Sheila
    I appreciate that :-)


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