From Shop Class as Soulcraft,
Given their likely acquaintance such a cognitively rich world of work, it is hardly surprising that when Henry Ford introduced the assembly line in 1913, workers simply walked out. One of Ford’s biographers wrote, “So great was labor’s distaste for the new machine system that toward the close of 1913 every time the company wanted to add 100 men to its factory personnel, it was necessary to hire 963.”
A dozen years ago people would talk of building “software factories” to crank out software projects. Back then someone tried to get me excited about joining an effort to create such a factory. I told him I did not want to work in a factory. He tried to back-pedal, saying that it’s not what it sounds like. But I’m sure it was exactly what it sounded like.