The decentralization of network and nodes birthed the notion of ‘liquid labour’, this idea of information flow transcends the characteristics of production, unrestrained by borders and made forever available. The ways in which we as humans have adapted to this paradigm shift has morphed us into Peter Drucker’s idea of the ‘Knowledge Worker’ defined as “when people would generate value with their minds more than with their muscle”.
We are now described as a system that is in Gregg’s view, “Always On”, therefore affecting the environments that we could find ourselves employed in, for example blending the office with the home. Workers have to be constantly available within the network to increase their value within its setting. Gillett raises insights and concerns about the work ethic within the home. Productivity is questioned whether it is strong enough to withstand distractions and habits, the recognition of a divide must be clear in regards of “work life” and “home life”.
No matter where we are located there is an essence of liquefied application to space and time. We are continuously contributing to the flow of content; being reformatted into nodes where not a singular place is stimulated, our presence bleeds in terms of network and information elsewhere.
- GIllett, R 2014, ‘The Good, The Bad, And The Guilt Of Working From Home’, Fast Company, viewed 18/08/16, < http://www.fastcompany.com/3037293/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/the-good-the-bad-and-the-guilt-of-working-from-home >