Simon Head, Director of the Project on Technology and The Workplace, The Century Foundation
""A welcome caution against believing all the claptrap we have heard about 'empowered' workplaces."—The New Leader"
""As this hard-hitting book shows, most American companies have used information technology not to liberate workers from drudgery but to further their regimentation.... A sobering view of the new workplace."—Harvard Business Review"
""A provocative call for the rehumanization of business and society, revolting against the impact of reengineering and massive information technology systems. Journalist Simon Head rationally gathers the evidence and presents the case against mass production."—Booklist"
""If you're interested in the U.S. economy, you must read this book. It is full of fresh insights, meticulous reporting and historical resonance. Simon Head shows us why the new economy is less new than we thought. Investors and policy makers will find reading this well-written analysis a memorable experience."—Bill Bradley"
""This extraordinary book puts together the culture of modern capitalism with numbers and hard facts. Simon Head has written a disturbing and brilliant analysis of what ails the modern economy."—Richard Sennett, London School of Economics"
""Provocative and thoughtful."—Library Journal"
""Head's acute and clearly presented book shows how innovations in software are making work more onerous and closely controlled. In each chapter, Head takes the reader to actual work sites employing 'technologies that are essentially human-proof,' i.e., in which personal choice is practically eliminated.... Head provides detailed and disturbing glimpses of how, to take only three examples, digital programs can be applied to assembling automobiles, running telephone centers, and managing medical care, with the result that wages decline and work becomes more tightly controlled."—Andrew Hacker, New York Review of Books"
""Simon Head rightly criticizes the glib gurus who promote the mechanization of medical care. He appreciates that health care is full of inefficiencies, but that the quirky complexities of illness demand that each individual must always remain our central focus."—Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D., Editor in Chief Emeritus, New England Journal of Medicine"
""Head is similarly tough on another New Economy conceit that underpins advocates' libertarian politics: the notion that high technology is democratizing the American workplace by flattening corporate hierarchies and boosting the knowledge content of jobs. Head's argument takes off from the simple but powerful observation that conditions in many tech-heavy workplaces look a lot more like those on the factory assembly lines of the 19th and early 20th centuries than like the sunny 21st century think tanks of the New Economy. Head asserts that corporate America's ambition to use technology to expand factory floor-like conditions extends well beyond the computer software mills and telephone call centers to the highest reaches of white-collar employment, including health care."—Los Angeles
Times Book Review"
""Simon Head's important book is sure to provoke a heated debate on the methods of modern enterprise. Can humans be programmed like machines? Head demolishes many of our illusions about information technology and argues powerfully that everyone loses when corporations try to use technology to conquer human nature."—Philip K. Howard, author of The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America and Chairman of Common Good"