Death By Technocrat – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“When we manage people just using numbers, we often get compliance as a result.” Tom Epperson

Death by Technocrat

On that day when we pick over the bones of empire,
we will say that its decline began with a curious
surrender to the over paid and over rated
managerial class, whose singular skill is their 
ability to put form before function, thus negating
any genuine work from occurring, except the endless
circuit of shifting responsibility from those who 
actually have it to those who don't, and in one 
stroke of the keyboard, consigning them to an
endless cycle of blame, while ever papering over
the irruption with beautifully presented policies
and processes that cunningly have no real purpose 
other than to prop up the managers while they criticise
the workers who they eventually dispossess,
while the function collapses in quiet drama at great cost.

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27 responses to “Death By Technocrat – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. For sure. One thing I noticed where I worked was how administration would choose the most vocal critics of the mindset you outline in your poem and make them middle managers. This effectively took them out of the union environment protection with a slight raise in pay and made them lackeys of administration. Their line staff former friends instantly mistrusted their allegiance, and they became silenced tools of the machine. Makes me sad just thinking about it.

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  2. Yes, let’s apply lean manufacuring processes to advising and educating humans. Whoo hoo.

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  3. One would almost think you’ve been in the moils of the corporate kingdom! Hey, have you heard the latest development in dehumanization? Not only does the modern carrell worker have to leave the desk completely pristine for another shift worker at the end of the day ~ it’s now forbidden even to put up a picture of his or her kids while there. Distracting, you know …

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  4. You bet. Brought back memories of Professional Development for Teachers I have known. If only I could have just “leaned into it, shown more grit, grabbed the teachable moment, paired off then shared in circle and shouted out, scaffolded and personalized digital learning remotely and with increasing digital citizenship….
    Ha, you touched quite a nerve there!

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    • O I feel your reaction, been right in that, horrible, and to what end, self-serving gratification for managers of course, gah!


      • Yah…the one thing I forgot to mention was that, after getting nothing accomplished t in the meeting that actually was important, the presenter ends with those famous words, “I’m glad we had this good conversation.”
        Thanks for your wonderful poem. Hit the nail right on the head!

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      • I have been in those meeting moments, they are beyond words, so self congratulating on their emptiness, thank you for sharing Julie.


  5. You hit it on the nail there, Paul!

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  6. That’s really true. Thanks for the reminder Paul! I think we are in a time of change now and we should avoid making the same mistakes again. xx Michael

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  7. lync56

    Yes I think of too many examples of just this


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