4AAVC101 - week 10

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These are my notes from November 28 for 4AAVC101 at King's College London for the 2017-2018 school year. The lecturer, Nick Srnicek, is the author of two excellent books at the intersection of technology and leftist politics: Inventing the Future (with Alex Williams), and Platform Capitalism.

The usual disclaimer: all notes are my personal impressions and do not necessarily reflect the view of the lecturer.

Digital Workers


(Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love by Brooke Erin Duffy (chapter 3)

Described as

An illuminating investigation into a class of enterprising women aspiring to “make it” in the social media economy but often finding only unpaid work

in the press materials. Didn’t read.

Labor in the Global Digital Economy by Ursula Huws (chapter 5)

Going to read this at some point for my dissertation.

Same as above


On the subjects of the digital world. Introducting basic Marxist theories of class & exploitation and applying them to the digital economy, without too much explicit mention of Marx (presumably to avoid the associated semantic baggage).