[Air-l] road warriors

robert m. tynes rtynes at u.washington.edu
Thu May 23 14:02:58 PDT 2002


How is this similar, or different , from what you have been doing, i.e.
flying around, doing business, eating food?

I wonder if "road warriors" is really a "phenomenon," or, rather, just
another way to appropriate chic language for mundane activities.

-Robert



On Thu, 23 May 2002, Barry Wellman wrote:

> I am posting this query to both the Community list and the AOIR list,
> because of its relevance to both.
>
> I've been flying around a lot recently giving lectures and attending
> conferences: to scholarly, governmental and corporate dot.com groups.
>
> In so doing, I frequently encounter what _PC Magazine_ calls "road
> warriors", albeit the opposite of Mad Max.
>
> These are managers, professionals and technicians who spend a good deal of
> time traveling, either between organizational offices, or to other
> organizations or conferences. Modally, 2-4 days per week. They live by
> computer-supported and 800-number contact back to their home base. If you
> get into business lounges, you can see them pounding their laptops,
> checking their emails, and talking via 800 numbers to their colleagues
> elsewhere. They spend a lot of time in corporate hotels (e.g., the
> misnamed Holiday Inn), bars, medium-priced restaurants, and airport
> lounges.
>
> Has anyone seriously studied such folks?
> How do they sustain this mobile life?
> What is their community, with work colleagues and friends -- and household
> members?
> Etc.
>
>  Barry
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