This was the most empowering piece of writing I've read in a while. Weinberger describes how to be successful in the professional world, we all adhere to this certain code of "professionalism" which basically makes us all likke robots. We all wear certain clothing that is considered business appropriate, we talk about certain subjects that are deemed safe with our coworkers and we do not usurp authority. By following all these rules, we have the key to not necesarily be successful, but to keep our jobs in our cubicles that look exactly like every other cubicle in the office. In a sense, this code of professionalism is attempting to take away our individuality, what Weinberegr refers to as our voice. The Web is giving us back our voice or our individuality in the sense that online we have an identity and this may not be who we are in reality but that is not the point. The point is that we actually have some sort of identity which does not exist when we are simply employees in our cubicles. With the Web, companies have to be able to work in a chaotic environment instead of a carefully managed environment where the employees have no voice. All of us long to be seen as our individual selves and with the Web we can be when we're just in an office with no voice, we're no different than the worker next to us. My last job, I did not follow the professionalism criteria and became too close with my boss where the distinction between boss and friend became blury. When the time came to quit, this blurred line created a lot of problems. When interviewing and starting my new job, I was very careful to stick to the professional code so as to not make the same mistake. While I do not wih to become a worker from the 1950s, I also do not wish to deal with those same problems. The internet gives workers a way to have an identity and not get too close to other coworkers where problems would be created. While any identity at this point is necessary, Jon Dean believes that we are not just searching for any identity but more for an authentic self, which Deb commented on as well.
The most exciting part about this chapter was the idea that all businesses, to keep up with the times are going to have to change their way of opperating now. There will be no more employees that are robots where one person could be the next, coule be the next. Instead, thw Web is creating this new world for business that we are all anxiously awaiting. Right now is the begining. Businesses are first realizing that to succeed, they are going to have to stop keeping their employees under their thumb and let them have a voice and if they really want to be successful, the CEOs are going to have to actually listen to what these voices are saying. At the moment workers are reveling in the idea that they are now actual people with voices instead of robots and once that "wears off, we will begin to build a new world" (Weinberger 5.)