‘We are all just prisoners here of our own device’: The moral challenge of balancing technology, work and capitalistic pursuits

Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa


 
 
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Title ‘We are all just prisoners here of our own device’: The moral challenge of balancing technology, work and capitalistic pursuits
 
Creator Goldman, Geoff
 
Subject Information technology; Human resources management; economics; philosophy; critical management studies 4th Industrial Revolution; autonomy; capitalism; control; ‘goods of work’; morality; technology; technology paradox.
Description Although technological proliferation is a reality in a 4IR world, and has immense potential to increase the efficiency and quality of work, it is accompanied by workplace practices that there is no benchmark for. These practices have the potential to unsettle traditional work routines, traditional work/non-work boundaries, and to disturb peoples’ work life balance irreparably. Against this backdrop, this paper explores the parameters of morally acceptable organisational practices in terms of usage and expectations of ICT’s. Through adopting a Critical scholarly stance, this paper dialectically investigates the nature of work and the importance people associate with it, the ways in which technology impacts work and peoples’ lives, and uncovers how technology enables control over labour in a capitalist society. The effect the current technological explosion has been far reaching and is effecting every sphere of life. As we try to make sense of 4IR, we are also redefining our different contexts and the role technology and ICT play in each of these. We are noticing a definite blurring of spaces that, not too long ago, had distinct parameters.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
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Date 2021-01-21
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Critical dialectical
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/td.v17i1.899
 
Source The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa; Vol 17, No 1 (2021); 10 pages 2415-2005 1817-4434
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/899/1571 https://td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/899/1570 https://td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/899/1573 https://td-sa.net/index.php/td/article/view/899/1569
 
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