The Real Work

Saw this the other day on Gwen Bell’s blog (she’s brilliant). It fit it so nicely with my February Recess reasons that I thought I’d nab it for recycling over here.


The tech industry will be in paroxysms of future shock for some time to come. Many will cling to their January-26th notions of what it takes to get “real work” done; cling to the idea that the computer-based part of it is the “real work”.

It’s not. The Real Work is not formatting the margins, installing the printer driver, uploading the document, finishing the PowerPoint slides, running the software update or reinstalling the OS.

The Real Work is teaching the child, healing the patient, selling the house, logging the road defects, fixing the car at the roadside, capturing the table’s order, designing the house and organising the party. – Fraser Speirs, Future Shock


2 Responses to “The Real Work”

  1. 1 Leili February 4, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Interesting. I just watched (part of) a documentary last night on Frontline about the effects of ever-evolving technology on society. One woman described how she felt so accomplished one day — she got through emails, checked her calendar, etc. — and then realized that she hadn’t actually thought about anything hard that day. Hadn’t solved any problems. Hadn’t made any progress. She hadn’t done the Real Work at all. Glad you’re able to relish in February Recess. :) Thanks for sharing this!

  2. 2 blogasana February 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    wow – i know that feeling! plus, sometimes that includes not having any human (meaningful) interaction! i’m so glad articles like this and programs like you saw are addressing it…


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