I am what they call a “knowledge worker”. I don’t make or create anything tangible; in the old days I might have been called a “paper pusher”, these days “pixel pusher” is more probably accurate.
I’m employed for my expertise and experience, and for my leadership and management skills – all rather cerebral and intangible.
Today I am working from home as we are having a smart meter fitted, which means no electricity and therefore no internet connection1.
The removal of power and connectivity suggests that rather than knowledge being power, power is in fact knowledge (work).
Modern (knowledge) working is absolutely dependent upon computers and the internet and therefore electricity.
Electricity is the new steam in the post-Industrial Revolution world of work.
- I may live on the edge of the most modern city in the UK, but we’re still waiting for the mobile networks to install masts within a workable distance. So we have a mobile signal that is sufficiently weak enough to be worse than no signal at all. One of those signals that lulls into thinking you might possibly be able to use it, only to snatch away the connection at the last minute. ↩