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Chapter 27: Labour and New Media
This chapter examines how technological changes, especially those involving the new media of computing and advanced communications (new media technology, NMT), relate to labour. Labour can be thought of in terms of competitive free markets, in which employers and workers freely exchange labour and wages. Alternatively, workers and employers can be assumed to exist in a contentious relationship. In any case, employers do need to hire workers who can effectively complete today's tasks with the tools at hand, and technological change always occurs in the context of a capitalist mode of production.
The first section reviews employment trends to provide empirical context for issues pertinent to labour. The second section presents competing theories about why employment and ...