Expropriation 

The most effective way of expropriating people’s labor completely for free is Facebook. Not only is Zuckerberg growing incredibly rich on stolen labor but, in order to facilitate the expropriation, he is promoting the idea that writing, photography, and building networks of human connections are not really work, especially if you enjoy these pursuits. 

Even those who shun Facebook will have to pay the price of Facebook’s philosophy of labor going mainstream. This is why I advocate ditching Facebook and Instagram in favor of platforms that do compensate workers for their labor. Even if compensation is not great, at least the idea that writing is work will be preserved. And the hateful philosophy of “if you like doing it, you shouldn’t get paid” will not be perpetuated.

2 thoughts on “Expropriation ”

  1. Not only is Zuckerberg growing incredibly rich on stolen labor but, in order to facilitate the expropriation, he is promoting the idea that writing, photography, and building networks of human connections are not really work, especially if you enjoy these pursuits.

    This isn’t new. I’m not sure why you’re singling out Facebook for this though. It’s not the hobbyist who suffers from this attitude but the people who make art and write professionally.
    Especially, the idea that maintaining and building human connections isn’t work is a particularly feminized one.

    Relatedly :Do What You Love

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    1. Thanks for the essay link!

      Totally unrelated, but I was exceedingly peeved by the misuse of “comprise” in the essay, twice; she erroneously uses it as a synonym of “compose.” Grrr.
      Many compose one, one comprises many — why is it so hard?
      (Spending too much time editing the writing of my students puts me in a really foul mood.)

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