For Man Must Work or the End of Work

This 2001 produced 52-minute documentary expresses the different ideas about work. I n comparison to the past, with the industrial revolution offering employment, most of this has phased out with the growth of technology. However, the start of involvement of technology has changed the direction of work as seen in various aspects of life.
Under the aspect of globalization, the film brings to light the ever decreasing usefulness of labor that is semi skilled. This is identified from the statements made by the Mexican factory workers, French middle class youth, and economists among others. Even worse, the documentary stresses that the need for semi skilled labor decreases by the day to a point where people will need to move to other places where jobs exist.

With continued globalization, labor is constantly got from various parts of the world. This only leads to phasing out of the middle class as this labor at the cheapest level will remain less cost effective as compared to the available technology as an alternative. With such a trend, an estimated 9 billion people will be unemployed by 2050. The documentary thoroughly explains the law of demand and supply with regards to labor.

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Under capitalism, the film suggests that in the later future, there will be a huge gap between the wealthy and the poor. Unlike in the past, there were more jobs for people as compared to the predicted future. Previously, a capitalist needed more workers to earn. Unfortunately, there is the possibility of employing less and earning more. This film portrays that the economic inequality gap is only going to get bigger over the years to come.

Under the labor process, as opposed to the exploitation that existed in the industrial stages, there was work for people. The film shows that in the later days to come, not even work will exist. It will leave people with the option of giving their labor below a reserve price, accepting exploitation as semi-skilled laborers. This is due to the replacement of laborers with robots and other high level scientific and technological inventions that have replaced humans in this present century.