Category Archives: Technology

Labor’s Many Robots

As I work through my book manuscript, I am coming across a rich crop of new robot images to supplement my earlier article Why Do Robots Rebel?  As it happens, the journal Labor Age was a frequent publisher and re-publisher … Continue reading

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Five Ideas for Digital Labor History

This article originally appeared on January 9, 2014 in LaborOnline. Over the last two decades, digital technologies have transformed practically every aspect of historians’ professional lives. When I entered graduate school in the 1990s, there were still professors who wrote … Continue reading

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Laboring Wikipedia

Or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Work with Wikipedia Last spring I finally made the leap.  Like many other college instructors, I’ve found the traditional term paper a less-than-inspiring exercise.  Students, infamously, do not read a professor’s comments … Continue reading

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Old Book, New Data

Over the past year or so I’ve been working on digital history project that aims to convert a 1925 American Labor Who’s Who into a research and teaching database and wiki. It continues to be “a learning experience,” as my … Continue reading

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The Governor’s Thinking Has Become Very Uptight

Originally posted on Rethinking the University. Mulling over Jerry Brown’s recent comments on the disruptive impact of digital technology on education, I’m reminded of the lead character in the Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski. Another spokesman for the California … Continue reading

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Jerry Brown, Vanguard of the Digital Revolution (He Googled It)

Originally posted on Remaking the University. At the last Regents meeting, Governor Brown mounted the digital barricades and sent a shot across the bow of every University of California professor and administrator. Tossing a mixed green salad of metaphors about … Continue reading

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Workers promoted to “supervising robots”

I ran across this piece on a new manufacturing robot branded as Baxter.  With it’s tablet screen face, the robot comes off as “benign, perhaps even disarmingly friendly,” according to the New York Times article, which doesn’t stray too far … Continue reading

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Best laid plans…

Okay, so I can admit that I’m really not a gearhead. I had a great plan to be the ruler of my own domain name, control my online “identity,” and experiment with all sorts of content presentation platforms. So I … Continue reading

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