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Claire Beckett, from “The Workers,” July, 2011, MASS MoCA
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by Eleanor Heartney

The notion of the “Working Man,” once a staple of populist political rhetoric and Hollywood social drama, has become almost quaint -- as much a vestige of earlier times as is the apparently antiquated concept of class. In the era of outsourcing, crowd-sourcing, digitization and the triumph of global markets, labor is just something you save with ever more sophisticated electronic devices.