Digital Labor The Internet as Playground and Factory

ISBN-10: 0415896959
ISBN-13: 9780415896955
Edition: 2013
Authors: Trebor Scholz
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Description: Digital Laborasks whether life on the internet is mostly work, or play. We tweet, we tag photos, we link, we review books, we comment on blogs, we remix media, and we upload video to create much of the content that makes up the web. And large  More...

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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.792

Digital Laborasks whether life on the internet is mostly work, or play. We tweet, we tag photos, we link, we review books, we comment on blogs, we remix media, and we upload video to create much of the content that makes up the web. And large corporations profit on our online activity by tracking our interests, affiliations, and habits—and then collecting and selling the data. What is the nature of this interactive ‘labor’ and the new forms of digital sociality that it brings into being? The international, interdisciplinary contributors to Digital Laborsuggest that there is no longer a clear divide between ‘the personal’ and ‘work,’ as every aspect of life drives the digital economy: sexual desire, boredom, friendship—and all become fodder for speculative profit. They argue that we are living in a total labor society and the way in which we are commoditized, racialized, and engendered is profoundly and disturbingly normalized by the dominant discourse of digital culture.Digital Laborposes a series of questions about our digital present:How is the global crisis of capitalism linked to the hidden labor of the digital economy? How do we address that most online interaction, whether work or play, for profit or not, is taking place on corporate platforms? How can we acknowledge moments of exploitation while not eradicating optimism, inspiration, and the many instances of individual financial and political empowerment?In response to these questions, this collection offers new definitions of digital labor that address and challenge the complex, hybrid realities of the digital economy.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why Does Digital Labor Matter Now?
The Shifting Sites of Labor Markets
In Search of the Lost Paycheck
Free Labor
The Political Economy of Cosmopolis
Considerations on a Hacker Manifesto
Interrogating Modes of Digital Labor
Return of the Crowds: Mechanical Turk and Neoliberal States of Exception
Fandom as Free Labor
The Digital, Labor, and Measure Beyond Biopolitics
Whatever Blogging
The Violence of Participation
Estranged Free Labor
Digitality and the Media of Dispossession
Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game: The Racialization of Labor in World of Warcraft
Organized Networks in an Age of Vulnerable Publics
Thesis on Digital Labor in an Emerging P2P Economy
Class and Exploitation on the Internet
Acts of Translation: Organized Networks as Algorithmic Technologies of the Common
Further Reading
Contributors
Index

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