Technological ideas keep getting unleashed as the world becomes more involved in exploring and utilizing the resources nature provides.
Currently, the world depends on technology and everyone from the young to the old seem to be deeply involved.
Technology has become one of the most important elements in today’s societies and its role in our lives keeps getting complex.
As is well documented, the participatory design (PD) movement has its origins in collaborations between researchers and the trade union movement in Scandinavia in the 1970s and 1980s.
It was part of a wider concern of Nordic unions to develop a more ‘offensive’ approach to technology and work, attempting to assert a degree of control over new technologies in the workplace.
While we jump and make merry whenever we see new improvements, it is also essential that we seek to maintain our human nature.
Technology is indeed revolutionary but it should also never change who we are as people.
Employers employ less people and employees do a lot less for more money. Currently, people are able to perform certain things with ease and faster than ever before.
Daily business transactions are currently, done faster than ever before.
“Feenberg (2002) analyses technology in terms of managerial autonomy to assert control over and through technological choices, implying the necessity of increased democratisation of technological relations in the workplace in achieving a more participatory and democratic society.
I argue that the recent history of the relationship between organised labour and digital technologies has seen a retreat from earlier attempts to assert control over technology, most notably through the Scandinavian traditions of participatory design, to an increasingly tactical and defensive view of these technologies as tools in labour organising and campaigning.