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Antisocial Media: Anxious Labor in the Digital Economy - Postmillennial Pop (Hardback)
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Antisocial Media: Anxious Labor in the Digital Economy - Postmillennial Pop (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 16/01/2018
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The debate surrounding the transformation of work at the hands of digital technology and the anxieties brought forth by automation, the sharing economy, and the exploitation of leisure We have been told that digital technology is now threatening the workplace as we know it, that advances in computing and robotics will soon make human labor obsolete, that the sharing economy, exemplified by Uber and Airbnb, will degrade the few jobs that remain, and that the boundaries between work and play are collapsing as Facebook and Instagram infiltrate our free time. In this timely critique, Greg Goldberg examines the fear that work is being eviscerated by digital technology. He argues that it is not actually the degradation or disappearance of work that is so troubling, but rather the underlying notion that society itself is under attack, and more specifically the bonds of responsibility on which social relations depend. Rather than rushing to the defense of the social, however, Goldberg instead imagines the appeal of refusing the hard work of being a responsible and productive member of society.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9781479829989
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"Antisocial Media offersa bold analysis of anxieties about recent transformations in labor--facilitatedby the so-called sharing or gig economy-as epistemic problems. Rooted in queertheory's critiques of normativity, Goldberg's polemical book has the potentialto change the conversationsabout work in American studies, labor studies, and digital media studies byasking us to question the value of social relations themselves."-Lucas Hilderbrand,author of Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright
"Smart,perverse, disorienting-Antisocial Media resists a desire for 'the social' in pursuit of more surprising, and radical, connections. As aserious theorist and playful sociologist, Goldberg challenges readers toquestion the normative demand to work, and recognize the anxious affectstructuring contemporary critiques of digitally-mediated shifts in labor andleisure. Rarely has queer thought risked being so irresponsible, and soinsistently pleasurable."-Jackie Orr,author of Panic Diaries: A Geneaology of Panic Disorder

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