FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
There’s a couple of ways to read this one but for me, in the IT world particularly this little bit of doublethink is epitomised by the concept that wireless, always-on, constant connectivity is some wonderful new freedom. Bullshit. That’s slavery. There has to be a separation between work and home life. Nobody ever uttered the dying words “I wish I spent more time at the office,” yet having the office take over every aspect of your life continues to be seen as a desirable goal.
IT workers are particularly susceptible to this because of the prevalence of gadget fetishism but it’s a horrible trap. Nobody at work knows my mobile phone number, private email address or IM contact (or my blog for that matter). I don’t have a pager or Blackberry and I never will. I never dial into the work network from home. Sometimes people simply have to deal with the fact they can’t contact me until the next business day.
I’ll quit a job before I’ll be shackled to it day and night. Time is the one thing you can never get more of and I value my personal time far more than I value being offered the freedom to access my workspace anywhere, anytime through the latest fabulous gadget. That sort of freedom is slavery.