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The Industrial Revolution helped give rise to the office – where people today push paper, thump keyboards, play politics and earn not-always-equal amounts of money. The increasing popularity of telecommuting and contract work puts the office on the verge of enormous change. Journalist Nikil Saval walks you through the evolution of today’s white-collar world. He deftly cites Herman Melville’s 1853 short story Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street and the 1999 film Office Space, while providing a short, fascinating course on architecture and its effects on people’s work and their emotions. getAbstract recommends Saval’s eye-opening essay to anybody who works in an office and wonders what’s to come.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the workplace evolved and
  • What the future holds for the office.

About the Author

Nikil Saval is a writer, journalist and editor for the digital/print magazine n+1.



“I Would Prefer Not” to Be a Clerk
An early literary portrayal of an office appears in Herman Melville’s 1853 short story Bartleby, the Scrivener, whose protagonist stubbornly refuses to work. The tasks Bartleby rejects include clerking – handling the mountains of administrative...

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    Andre Vanzeli Toledo 3 years ago
    Was a good reading. I liked to understand the birth of the office and its evolution to the present day (Without forget th future!)

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