The Digital Work Notebook
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Cultural Studies
Course Number: LCST 2219
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Media & Culture
- Media Studies
This course is an intensive, creative exploration of emerging forms of digital work in New York City. We’ll visit companies like Tumblr, Mozilla, or Google but also co-working spaces, and other novel work environments. We’ll take photographs, interview workers, and jointly create a book of images, cartoons, and texts about labor in the age of communicative capitalism. During our seminar-style meetings, we’ll reflect on waged and unwaged forms of work. In particular, we’ll compare free public-spirited labor, work in the ‘creative industries,’ unpaid internships, and exploitative labor practices, online. In our discussions, informed by artists like Alex Rivera and Burak Arikan as well as theorists such as Maurizio Lazzarrato, Cory Doctorow, and Arlie Hochschild, we will establish what we mean by labor and work, and determine if those definitions are in harmony with the realities of contemporary digital work environments such as Amazon Mechanical Turk or 99Designs. We’ll also learn about the history of labor struggles and new forms of solidarity and mutual aid in the face of distributed labor. After successful completion of the course, all participants will receive a copy of the printed book.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Open to Undergraduate students.