Comic 277 - Taylorism

26th Jun 2015, 11:00 AM in Hell Hath Lots of Fury
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L8on 26th Jun 2015, 11:00 AM edit delete
I normally update on Thursday, but this week I pushed it back a day because I had a new web comic debut yesterday.

It's called The Electric Team. It's an all-ages postapocalyptic fantasy adventure. It was co-created by me and my six-year-old daughter, and is illustrated by the amazingly talented Samantha Albert, and I'm super-proud of it. Read it! Love it! Tell everyone you know about it!

Anyway, back to this comic. Have I mentioned lately that Malev'lynn is French? He is. He's been speaking with a French accent this whole time, and you didn't even know.

Unlike Malev'lynn, Frederick Winslow Taylor was an actual person. He was the "Father of Scientific Management." And, as depicted in this comic, he really did believe in taking total control over one's employees.

According to Wikipedia:

'I can say, without the slightest hesitation,' Taylor told a congressional committee, 'that the science of handling pig-iron is so great that the man who is ... physically able to handle pig-iron and is sufficiently phlegmatic and stupid to choose this for his occupation is rarely able to comprehend the science of handling pig-iron.

Taylor believed in transferring control from workers to management. He set out to increase the distinction between mental (planning work) and manual labor (executing work). Detailed plans, specifying the job and how it was to be done, were to be formulated by management and communicated to the workers.

You may say he was a "brilliant management theorist" and a "proponent of efficiency," I say he was "looking to eradicate free will to satisfy his despotic yearnings" . . . it's all a matter of perspective.

Next Week: A showdown begins! Between two characters! But which two characters?