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.