4AAVC101 - week 3

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These are my notes from October 10 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.

The Value of Data


Learning to Immaterial Labour (PDF) by Mark Coté and Jennifer Pybus

On the source of MySpace’s ridiculously high valuation at the time of its acquisition by News Corporation ($580 million).

Free Labor: Producing Culture for the Digital Economy (PDF) by Tiziana Terranova

On knowledge work in the new digital economy and how it relates to classical Marxist ideas. I need to re-read this more carefully but it seems really, really good.

Digital Labour and Karl Marx by Christian Fuchs

It’s a 400-page book (in the Recommended Reading section) so I haven’t had a chance to get to it yet, but it looks pretty awesome and I’m stoked to read it.