Wages for Facebook

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By E. Alex Jung

Wages for Facebook is a cultural intervention—an attempt to unsettle what many of us have already come to accept as normal: the digitization of our subjectivities and relationships, and the slide into self-promotion as a means of existence. When we accepted these services in the breathless spirit of technological utopianism, did we really know what we were agreeing to? {…}

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Honduras: The Deep Roots of Resistance

By Alexander Main ·   ·  Spring 2014

The National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP) emerged out of the opposition to Honduras’s 2009 coup and quickly developed into the largest social movement in Honduran history. Will it be able to turn things around in a country known for having the worst poverty and inequality in Latin America? {…}

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One Death, Myriad Resurrections: In Search of the Historical Jesus

By Maxine Phillips ·  April 18, 2014 ·  Online Articles

Jesus of Nazareth was not the first or last to preach against empire, but he is the only revolutionary whose story has held such sway over millennia. {…}

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Belabored Podcast #50: The Future of Work, with Saket Soni

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen ·  April 18, 2014 ·  Blog

For Belabored’s one-year anniversary, Michelle and Sarah talk to Saket Soni of the National Guestworker Alliance about how the conditions faced by guestworkers are spreading to more and more of the workforce. Plus: a victory for UPS workers in Queens and a labor uprising in China; the drug-testing of public employees; the fight for $15 in Seattle; and more. {…}

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Wolves of Wall Street: Financialization and American Inequality

By Colin Gordon ·  April 17, 2014 ·  Online Articles

It’s no secret by now that the recent spike in American inequality, and the gains rapidly accruing to the wealthy, are driven in large part by “financialization.” Over the last generation, financial services have expanded not with economic growth, but with stagnation and crisis—and their spectacular rise has accounted for about half of the decline in labor’s share of national income. How did things get this bad? {…}

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Attacking the Stream

By Sydette Harry ·  April 16, 2014 ·  Online Articles

For many social media critics, the “stream” and its never-ending rush of information are getting overwhelming. But as these critics pine for a return to a calmer, more curated media world, they fail to consider the voices that the old-guard media left out—women of color, for example. People like me. {…}

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From the War on Poverty to the War on the Poor

By Joseph M. Schwartz ·  April 15, 2014 ·  Online Articles

Some 47.1 million people, or 15.1 percent of the U.S. population, now live in poverty—the highest number in fifty-two years, up from 11.7 percent of the population in 2000. It’s time to stop blaming the victims and wage a new war on poverty. {…}

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Let Them Eat Code

In the tech community, the plight of homeless people has gone from being an unnoticed barnacle of urban life to a cause at once mourned, criticized, and celebrated. For many in Silicon Valley, homeless people are the “noble savages” of today. {…}

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Taiwan’s Sunflower Protests: A Q&A with Shelley Rigger

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom ·  April 11, 2014 ·  Online Articles

Yesterday, students ended a three-week occupation of Taiwan’s legislature. To help explain the causes and meaning of the protests, and place them in historical perspective, Jeffrey Wasserstrom speaks with Shelley Rigger, a political scientist, Taiwan expert, and author of Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse. {…}

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Who Pays? Taxes and American Inequality

By Colin Gordon ·  April 10, 2014 ·  Online Articles

The tax system offers us a detailed and damning description of American inequality and, just as importantly, promises to do something about it. But the American system of public finance has always been weak and fragmented, and three decades’ worth of tax cuts haven’t helped. {…}