Free Labor: Producing Culture for the Digital Economy

  title={Free Labor: Producing Culture for the Digital Economy},
  author={Tiziana Terranova},
  journal={Social Text},
  pages={33 - 58}
Working in the digital media industry is not as much fun as it is made out to be. The “NetSlaves” of the eponymous Webzine are becoming increasingly vociferous about the shamelessly exploitative nature of the job, its punishing work rhythms, and its ruthless casualization ( They talk about “24–7 electronic sweatshops” and complain about the ninety-hour weeks and the “moronic management of new media companies.” In early 1999, seven of the fifteen thousand “volunteers… Expand
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