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Social Science Media Studies

Cyber-Proletariat

Global Labour in the Digital Vortex

by (author) Nick Dyer-Witheford

Publisher
Between the Lines
Initial publish date
Jul 2015
Category
Media Studies, Social Aspects, Labor & Industrial Relations, Social Classes
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771132220
    Publish Date
    Oct 2015
    List Price
    $18.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771132213
    Publish Date
    Jul 2015
    List Price
    $26.95

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Description

The utopian promise of the internet, much talked about even a few years ago, has given way to brutal realities: coltan mines in the Congo, electronics factories in China, devastated neighborhoods in Detroit. Cyber-Proletariat shows us the dark-side of the information revolution through an unsparing analysis of class power and computerization.

Dyer-Witheford investigates how technology facilitates growing polarization between wealthy elites and precarious workers. He reveals the class domination behind everything from expanding online surveillance to intensifying robotization. At the same time, he looks at possibilities for information technology within radical movements.

About the author

Nick Dyer-Witheford is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of Cyber-Marx: Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High-Technology Capitalism, and co-author of Digital Play: The Interaction of Technology, Culture, and Marketing and Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games.

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Awards

  • Winner, Gertrude J. Robinson Book Prize

Editorial Reviews

Accessible ... engrossing ... very much worth a read.

<p>Marx & Philosophy Review of Books</p>

This accessible, well-written book makes for fascinating reading ... Highly recommended.

<p>Choice</p>

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