So when I’m not doing all the library school stuff, I study things like shiftwork and the influence of time in American culture. Today at my OSU class I got to lead a discussion on Taylor’s notions of scientific management, which really means I got to play the Donald Duck Nazi cartoon and talk about the development of clocks and the reassignment of muscle tasks to machines and Taylorism and Fordlandia* and shiftworkers and American work ethic and ‘efficiency’ and this was pretty much the best day ever.
*It’s true that Ford was not directly influenced by Taylor’s management style, but to say Taylor didn’t influence Ford is a stretch given the context of the efficiency movement in the United States. This is for another post and for God’s sake: factory work is based on prisons, assembly lines on slaughter houses. It isn’t as if these concepts are all that distinct from each other.