In Brief

Looking back to looking forward can illuminate current sites of digital technological contestation in the modern office environment.

Retro futurism is always a pleasant diversion, but it can also be an informative way to survey what work practices have impeded the vision of the future which we hoped technology would usher in for us.

GigaOm surveys the hopes and fears that accompanied the introduction of word processor-toting networked computers to the office environment from the 1980’s onwards. He notes that one of the primary concerns was:

“how word processing would change the traditional secretary-executive relationship”

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