No Time to Lose: A Search for Work / Life Balance

Andrew Ross: On the Digital Labor Question by notimetolose
October 23, 2009, 1:31 pm
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Thanks Monika!

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Transcribed from a lecture presented at The New School on October 9,  2009, sociologist Andrew Ross weighs the gains of a digital paradigm  in terms of labor.  On the one hand, active, digitally-networked  societies offer information-rich public goods that can bolster  creativity and politically progressive organizing.  However, the
virtue of ‘openness’ uncritically extolled by technolibertarians must  be considered against its sacrificial costs—the loss of rights for  creative producers who are tempted by the prospect of aesthetic  recognition, the outsourcing of labor to unsustainable workplace  conditions, the corporate monetization of social participation on the  web, and the transference of labor from manufacturers to consumers  that help create a paradigm of perennial work without rest. Ross’  insight considers a range of perspectives that implicate a vertically  and horizontally stratified megalopolis such as New York City.

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