Despite the pointlessness of linking to anything by Glenn Reynolds, here's an interesting piece of his about cottage industry and societal change. Nothing revolutionary, but he captures several of the effects that are likely to emerge from the remaking of modern industry.

Crime: Crime in the suburbs increased once the population of stay-at-home moms was diminished. Neighborhoods had fewer sets of adult eyes around, teenagers got less supervision, and two-career couples were more distracted. Will that change? ...

Family: One of the standard negative depictions from the Gray Flannel Suit era featured a disconnect between the world of work -- to which fathers trudged off en masse to downtown office buildings where they performed inscrutable tasks, from which they returned exhausted and in need of martinis -- and the world of family. Kids had little idea what their fathers did; fathers knew little about what their kids did. Husbands and wives moved in different worlds. ...

Economy: If more people are free agents, working at home or out-and-about rather than in traditional offices, then businesses that provide them with useful services and amenities will flourish. ...

Traffic: Proponents of light rail and other sorts of mass transit tend to portray these systems as the wave of the future. But the "commuter rail" model assumes the presence of, well, commuters. ...

Politics: I suppose I should save this for another column, too. But here's one note: people who are self-employed are far more aware that there's no such thing as a free lunch, and far more likely to look at the bottom line.

As he frequently encourages: read the whole thing.

My mother-in-law supports herself by working from home as a freelance writer and editor, and since I'm in the software industry I know a lot of people who do computer work from home. I myself work for a large company and like it quite a bit, but then I also suffer few of the ill-effects that plague most such workers: I make my own schedule and work on things I like.

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