From Mobile Playgrounds to Sweatshop City

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Situated Technologies Pamphlets 7: From Mobile Playgrounds to Sweatshop City
Fall 2010

Trebor Scholz and Laura Y. Liu

The authors reflect on the relationship between labor and technology in urban space where communication, attention, and physical movement generate financial value for a small number of private stakeholders. Online and off, Internet users are increasingly wielded as a resource for economic amelioration, for private capture, and the channels of communication are becoming increasingly inscrutable. Liu and Scholz ask: How does the intertwining of labor and play complicate our understanding of exploitation?

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