Ayhan Aytes on Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:55:35 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> New Digital Labor Book

Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory
Edited by Trebor Scholz

Digital Labor asks 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
habitsâand then collecting and selling the data. What is the nature of
this interactive âlaborâ and the new forms of digital sociality that
it brings into being?

The international, interdisciplinary contributors to Digital Labor
suggest that there is no longer a clear divide between âthe personalâ
and âwork,â as every aspect of life drives the digital economy: sexual
desire, boredom, friendshipâand 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 Labor poses 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.

Introduction: Trebor Scholz Why Does Digital Labor Matter Now?

I. The Shifting Sites of Labor Markets

1. Andrew Ross On the Digital Labor Question

2. Tiziana Terranova Free Labor

3. Sean Cubitt The Political Economy of Cosmopolis

4. McKenzie Wark Considerations on A Hacker Manifesto

II. Interrogating Modes of Digital Labor

5. Ayhan Aytes Return of The Crowds: Mechanical Turk and Neoliberal
States of Exception

6. Abigail De Kosnik Fandom as Free Labor

7. Patricia Clough The Digital, Labor and Measure Beyond Biopolitics

8. Jodi Dean Whatever Blogging

III. The Violence of Participation

9. Mark Andrejevic Estranged Free Labor

10. Jonathan Beller Digitality and The Media of Dispossession

11. Lisa Nakamura Donât Hate the Player, Hate the Game: The
Racialization of Labor in World of Warcraft

IV. Organizing Networks in an Age of Vulnerable Publics

12. Michel Bauwens Thesis on Digital Labor in an Emerging P2P Economy

13. Christian Fuchs Class and Exploitation on the Internet

14. Ned Rossitter and Soenke Zehle Acts of Translation: Organizing
Networks as Algorithmic Technologies of the Common


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Ayhan AyteÅ, Ph.D.

Communication and Cognitive Science
University of California San Diego

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