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Essay Topic Consider how a new form of digital labour that has emerged from the

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Consider how a new form of digital labour that has emerged from the rise of platform capitalism relates to the relevant nation-state’s media system. Have new issues/problems arisen? Has the government responded (or failed to respond, or enabled this development)?
You may focus on one nation state, or two nation states if both are involved. This could involve content moderation, tech work cultures, delivery driving and its hazards, state-sponsored hacking, or any other form of digital work as explored in Week 11. You may also consider displaced labour; i.e., the jobs lost / industries impacted / altered by platforms and surveillance capitalism.
Example: Considering neoliberal ideologies in outsourcing content moderation work for Meta (Facebook) to other corporations and countries to un-unionised, underpaid workers, both in the USA and the Philippines. (Don’t actually go for this)
Required reading(s):
Sun, P 2019, ‘Your order, their labor: An exploration of algorithms and laboring on food delivery platforms in China’, Chinese Journal of Communication, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 308–323.
Newyon, C. (2018, February 25). The Trauma Floor. The Verge; The Verge. https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/25/18229714/cognizant-facebook-content-moderator-interviews-trauma-working-conditions-arizona
Recommended reading(s):
Wu, Zhang, H., Li, Z., & Liu, K. (2019). Labor control in the gig economy: Evidence from Uber in China. Journal of Industrial Relations, 61(4), 574–596. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022185619854472
Burin, M. (2019, February 28). ‘They resent the fact I’m not a robot’. ABC News; ABC News. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/amazon-australia-warehouse-working-conditions/10807308?nw=0&r=HtmlFragment
Mann, A. (2018, August 5). The Human Toll of Falling Taxi Licenses. ABC News; ABC News. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-05/falling-taxi-licence-values-sparks-suicide-fears/10060558?nw=0&r=HtmlFragment
ELLIOTT, V., & PARMAR, T. (2020, July 22). ‘The despair and darkness of people will get to you’. Rest of World; Rest of World. https://restofworld.org/2020/facebook-international-content-moderators/
CIRUCCI, A. M. (2018). A New Women’s Work: Digital Interactions, Gender, and Social Network Sites. International Journal of Communication, 12, 2948–2970.
Readings on Surveillance capitalism:
Zuboff, S 2018, ‘August 9, 2011: Setting the stage for surveillance capitalism’, in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, pp. 27–62.

 

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