By John | February 8, 2010
Somewhere in a land a long time ago, there was this steel factory in the heartland of Pennsylvania. In this steel factory there was a bulletin board on a factory floor room, and on the board were two large posters. The first poster was a reminder of the upcoming layoffs on Friday with procedures for filing paper work and such. The other poster was an announcement of the new IBM mainframe computer that was arriving that week. This new marvel of modern technology just happened to be arriving on that same Friday. The IBM poster encouraged employees to gather and witness this historic event, and that they did. So when Friday rolled around, the poor IBM’rs with their blue suites and dark ties were meet with harsh resentment. The factory floor workers harassed them unmercifully, and in some cases they were actually spat on. I take it you see the irony of the poor steel workers assumed correlation between the new computer and the layoffs. It’s easy to see now that the new “computers” had nothing to do with the layoff… Or is it?