Oscar Berg worked under the close supervision of a hierarchy
of managers who did most of the important thinking for
the branch librarians. High level managers at the Central Library
divided the complex work processes of their underlings into simple,
repetitive tasks which library employees performed in rote, machine-like fashion.
The rhythm of work in the branch libraries was dictated
by quasi-military discipline. Oscar Berg secured no fulfillment as a
cog in a gigantic and impersonal apparatus of municipal power.
It was as an amateur photographer that he gained inner
reward. For Oscar, photography was inherently meaningful and immanently engaging.
Paraphrases from Marx: Capitalism and Alienation by Anonymous.