Changing Labor Value

6:30 p.m.

Drawing from critical perspectives on labor, social media and political theory, this panel discussion addresses the nature of the work of Internet users and networked workers, focusing on the relationship between invisible labor, play, exploitation, pleasure, and the production of value. What constitutes work in the digital era? What are some alternatives to the seamless corporate expropriation of value from millions of net users? Is it possible to acknowledge the moments of ruthless exploitation while not eradicating optimism, inspiration, and the many instances of individual financial and political empowerment? Panelists include Andrew Ross, professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University and author of the recently published collection of essays Nice Work if You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times; Richard Sennett, professor of sociology at New York University and author of The Craftsman; and Tiziana Terranova, associate professor of sociology of communications at Università di Napoli L'Orientale and author of Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age. Moderated by McKenzie Wark, associate professor, chair of Culture and Media, and associate dean for faculty affairs, Eugene Lang College. An installation of Web-based art projects accompanies the presentation. As annotations to the panel, several web-based projects by artists including Burak Arikan, Jeff Crouse, Ursula Endlicher, Scott Kildall, Aaron Koblin, Sarah Rothenberg and Victoria Scott will be installed in the same lecture hall from 5:30 p.m. onwards through the evening. This event is organized as a prelude to “Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory,” a conference organized by Lang faculty member Trebor Scholz that will take place at The New School November 12–14. The conference addresses the massive transformations in labor, life, and the economy related to digital media and confronts the urgent need to interrogate what constitutes labor and value in the digital economy. For more information, visit

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

$8; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID

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