For class this coming Wednesday we’ll talk about the issues that you specifically find most interesting and important. Please provide a link to an article you find in a reliable* news source along with a short (under 200 words) explanation of what issues the article brings up concerning digital labor, and what specifically you’d like to talk about with your classmates. If you can, try to connect your article to other historical or topical themes we’ve discussed in class: our goal will be to try to figure out how digital labor has changed over time and how it’s likely to continue to change in our lifetimes.
Please post your article links and essays no later than 12 noon on the day of class. And please return to this site an hour or 2 before we meet in person and take a look at the articles and essays that I have made visible. Don’t worry: even if your post isn’t visible, we can still talk about it in class. Reading some entries beforehand is just a way to give us some common ground for discussion.
*“reliable” news sources are ones that have some sort of editorial oversight and editorial chain of review, which includes stringent fact-checking. For instance, The New York Times, The BBC, The Guardian (which as you recall was Snowden’s chosen instrument for his whistleblowing), Wired, The Atlantic, etc. Please try to stay away from news sources that rely on “on spec” writing by freelancers who have little oversight or responsibility to the publication for accuracy, or ones which have little or no fact-checking. Examples of these less reliable news sources are “infotainment” sites like Huffington Post, Fox News, Gizmodo, etc. If you find an article on a less reliable site that you *really* want to use, then try to see if the topic has been covered by a more reliable news outlet (and link to that article instead).