General terms about the relationship between automation and work

Set up the topic.  Speak in general terms about the relationship between automation and work. Briefly introduce the promises and perils of automation.   THESIS QUESTION:  Is automation an existential threat to the workforce?  Your answer to this question will be your thesis statement.

General terms about the relationship between automation and work

Set up the topic.  Speak in general terms about the relationship between automation and work. Briefly introduce the promises and perils of automation.   THESIS QUESTION:  Is automation an existential threat to the workforce?  Your answer to this question will be your thesis statement.

BP #1 (50 – 75%):  Historical perspective. Luddites. What was the specific event and how it is significant to a contemporary discussion about automation?

BP #2 (50 – 75%):  Automation through the 19th and 20th century.  What developments disrupted traditional industries? What impact did these disruptions have on society?

BP #3 (50 – 75%):  Automation and threats to the current workforce.

BP #4 (50 – 75%):    Possibilities of a post-work society.  Firstly, What does work mean to us? Secondly, Why do we seem to “need” work?
Conclusion (15 – 25%):  Bring the discussion to a close.  Additionally, Restate your thesis.  Also, Suggest potential future trends in automation and how our concepts of work may change going forward.

ASSIGNED READINGS:

Autor:  “Why are there still jobs?”

Connif:  “What the Luddites Really Believed”

Nova:  “Automation Threatening 25% of jobs in the US”

Thompson:  “World without Work”

Thompson: “The Religion of ‘Workism’ is Making Americans Miserable’

Vardi:  “What the Industrial Revolution really tells us about the future of automation and work”

NOTES:
●     USE OF READINGS:

Firstly, Cite all sources parenthetically in your essay.

Secondly, Works cited page is required.

Thirdly, Limit direct quoting.

Fourthly, Paraphrase and summarize concepts into your own words.

Further, Do not attempt to write on a concept you do not 100% understand.

Also, Please re-read the text and ask for help if you are struggling with the concepts.

●     TONE: Adhere to a formal tone.  No slang, no contractions, no “I” POV, no attempts at “humor.”
●     FORMAT: 12 pt.  Double space.  Acceptable fonts:  (Times New Roman, Calibri, Ariel, Helvetica).  Page numbers should be at the TOP RIGHT-HAND side of the page and should include your last name.

DUE DATES:
●     FINAL DRAFT: Submit the final draft on Canvas  AS AN ATTACHMENT no later than 11:59 PM. NOTE:  I accept attachments in Word, Google Docs, and Open Office.  I CANNOT accept Apple PAGES
NOTE ON GRADING:  Lastly, An essay is considered acceptable if it receives a percentage grade between 100% and 70%.  Essays receiving a grade lower than 70% must be revised.  You will receive a due date for such revisions in my feedback.

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