In the clip when Charlie goes to the bathroom to light up a cigarette, a man on a big television screen pops up and tells him to get back to work. This is an example of how humanity is forced to give into the idea of the working to support a dream and the pursuit of happiness. This theme of technology enslaving man is also shown in the way the men at the conveyor belt work. At the pace of the machines, a pace that goes faster and faster multiple times to add some humor. Chaplin uses humor to better criticize the misuse of a man by a more powerful man.
Taylor idea of communication dealt with the idea of a hierarchy and commands flowing down from the top. (Modify, 32) The boss of the company requires stupid work speed, and has no consideration of the physical and mental health of his workers. The boss never addresses the workers directly, its always orders yelled through the television screen. So because of this, Chaplin represents the class struggle of Tailors. Payola’s 8 most long lasting principles of management all fit very neatly within Chaplain’s Modern Times. It deals with divisions among labor and how each worker would have their own specific job.
Also, the unity of command, which says that the organization should be united under one head person so reduce things such as insubordination. Last but not least, it talks about centralization, or the idea that all decisions come from the top to get the most out of each worker, much like Chaplain’s character in Modern Times. His only job is to tighten the two bolts or gears over and over and he gets his orders from one head honcho. Payola basically tells a manager how to manage, as opposed to Taylor who is more concerned about the specifics of the task. (Modify, 35)
Weeper’s example of the extreme conditions of rationality show up throughout this short clip. When Chaplin has to stop to swipe a fly off his nose, all the tasks down the line from him are thrown into disorder. He performs these routine tasks over and over to the point where he cannot stop his jerking motions even after the whistle blows for lunch. Classical theories of organization are still around today and knowing how they are put into effect is still very important. While analyzing Charlie Chaplain’s Modern Times, it took thinking critically to put each of these three theorists’ ideas into a general tenement about the film.