Saturday, January 19, 2013

Thesis 10 of 95: I'm The Chairman of the Board

Part of the blogging project about the 95 Theses of the Cluetrain Manifesto. You can find all the posts in the project here. (PLEASE CHECK IT OUT THESE ARE AWESOME PEOPLE)

As a result, markets are getting smarter, more informed, more organized. Participation in a networked market changes people fundamentally.

I don't know why we've, (or maybe just me) have internalized this notion of good posts being long posts. I'd take a "Theses on Feuerbach" over an "Atlas Shrugged" every day.

Anyway, yes, the Conversational Market changes us. It has mostly, made us bored. I believe that nothing else can explain Farmville, or Paul Krugman having an actual audience (although that might just be Peak Liberalism).

Because this Conversational Market has appeared inside of the Commodity Market it is still relegated to it and regulated by it. It has made work, arguably, more effective and has devalued the employer in the workplace. Any good socialist knows that the employer does not serve any actually useful function. All the employers authority, at least in large-scale corporate environments, derives from the notions that well, they labored yesterday probably. Or, their dad, or dads dad, labored and is now dead. Nonetheless, there are certain, other ways in which they can justify their position.

One of the ways is information. Your employer understanding the commodity market and making investments. Your employer overseeing the costs and risks of production and employing labor force. Your employer taking part in organizing work. The list goes on.

The Conversational Market, as the nucleus in the Commodity Market, doesn't require as much human expertise in delegating its information. Various ways of organizing and understanding  the world around and inside the workplace (which Kevin Carson may inform you of) have been, in a sense, fundamentally transformed. I don't really see, in a managerial sense, the reason why these employer-employee relations should be fundamentally more efficient in dealing with information than a cooperative in the modern state of the economy.

I point this out, because its true, and its interesting and on topic,  but I'll have to add that the internal organization of a workplace is not the most pressing issue that networked forms of social organization has to address. Most of these workplaces produce stupid things for us to waste our money on, or they produce things that people are in fundamental needs for, but destroy because reasons.

That is, the workplace is affected, but what we need to take conscious control of is whether or not these workplaces should exist in the first place.

See you soon, Thesis 11



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