“The Speed of the Assembly Line”

“Historical fact: people stopped being human in 1913. That was the year Henry Ford put his cars on rollers and made his workers adopt the speed of the assembly line. At first, workers rebelled. They quit in droves, unable to accustom their bodies to the new pace of the age. Since then, however, the adaptation has been passed down: we’ve all inherited it to some degree, that we plug right into joysticks and remotes, to repetitive motions of a hundred kinds.”

From Jeffrey Eugenidies’ Middlesex.

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2 thoughts on ““The Speed of the Assembly Line”

  1. The assembly line is a good productive technique, because it allows for the production of products at a much faster pace than would otherwise be the case.

    The problem with using the assembly line is that it treats human beings almost like robots, thus denying its workers their abilities to make use of their creative and human skills.

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