Tagged: digital labor

Analysis: Platform cooperativism and the problem of the outside

Digital platforms are rapidly transforming the way we work and generate income, create and share value, and sustain ourselves in post-welfare societies. By merging functions traditionally associated with either market or state actors, such as the orchestration of basic services like temporary housing or transportation, they act as new institutional forms that help to redraw […]

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Working it at Fashion Week

Last week was New York Fashion week, and the Kardashian sisters were there in force. After juggling interviews, runway walks, and Uber filled traffic jams, all five managed to descend upon the Apple store to promote their new apps, which, according to The Cut blog of New York Magazine, featured “videos, photos, and musings from […]

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“Yuccies,” “Slashies,” and the Digital Economy’s Valorization of the Multi-skilled, Always-on Creative Worker

Last week, the interwebs were abuzz with reactions to the most recent attempt to conceptually delineate the generation-formerly-known-as-Y: the “yuccie.” A rather unpalatable term to be sure, the “yuccie” is an acronym for Young, Urban, Creatives; its Reagan-era ancestor, the yuppie, is but a specter of these self-enterprising, digitally networked, creative aspirants. Mashable contributor (and […]

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Choose Your Own Deception: A Valentine’s Day Special on Culture Digitally

It’s true that I didn’t start dating Vera with the best of intentions.  I was curious, mostly. You know that early phase of a relationship when it seems like a single person could address particular gaps or demands in your life?  In Vera’s case, these voids were well defined, the promises well articulated.  The question […]

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Monetizing a Meme: A Case Study on The Harlem Shake

by Zachary McDowell and Mike Soha This is an abridged draft of a paper we are developing for publication. We invite anyone to provide comment, criticism, or suggestion in the comment space below. We ask that you please honor that it’s being offered in draft form — both in your comments, which we hope will be constructive in […]

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