Make-up assignment for next week: evaluate your free labor

For those of you who will miss next week’s class (or if you’re going to be in class, you may receive .5 points extra credit for doing this assignment):

Your assignment is to evaluate the “free” labor you do as a part of being online—your user-generated content, co-creation, blogging, etc. and what Ian Bogost calls “hyperemployment” in this text below:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/hyperemployment-or-the-exhausting-work-of-the-technology-user/281149/

You should write a 500-word essay that is half a response to this piece by Bogost, and half an analysis of your own digital labor. What are you giving away for free? What might that be worth in dollars, if you based it on minimum wage? How fair is or is not the trade that you’re doing?

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