1981 Documentary about Technology “New Technology: Whose Progress?”

The film compares the glittering promises of business spokespersons about the potentially liberating aspects with the realities of corporate motivation for installing such equipment: higher profits and destruction of worker power. The result is weakening of worker and labor union control and the production not only of fewer jobs, but work that requires less skill, is more monotonous, is less social in nature and is lower paying. Additional perspectives are provided by Dr. Harry Cleaver, an economics professor at the University of Texas.

New Technology: Whose Progress? (Part 1 of 4)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn8LjvCyj7c

New Technology: Whose Progress? (Part 2 of 4)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTb9NEIQpMQ

New Technology: Whose Progress? (Part 3 of 4)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXVY3yl034o

New Technology: Whose Progress? (Part 4 of 4)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOXuiA7E8jI

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2 thoughts on “1981 Documentary about Technology “New Technology: Whose Progress?”

  1. mporcius says:

    Woah, I thought I was going to the retroist and somehow ended up back in one of my college poli sci classes.

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