Friday, June 06, 2008

21st Century Careers

Andrew Leonard:

We usually think about technological improvements in productivity as benefiting the highly skilled and educated, and disenfranchising the poorly skilled and uneducated, but what I find most interesting about globalization in an era of $127 dollar-a-barrel oil is that blue-collar workers who make physical things in the West will stand to benefit, newly protected from foreign competition by energy tariffs, while white-collar workers who live off their wits will still feel the immense pressure of competing with everyone else in the world.

1 comment:

jackson blossom said...

And a lot of students, adept at negotiating within an information society, don't passionately connect with 'knowledge market' jobs or any 'post-Fordist' condition. They want to get dirty and do stuff.