Earlier this year I published an essay in the Straddler discussing the rise of the digital proletariat. It argued that while digital frameworks have made redundant a large segment of the employed—specifically those who derive their value as “information service” workers—an ideology of digital emancipation and “connectedness” cloaks the deep threat to the middle class. I tried to bring together the thoughts of Jaron Lanier, Evgeny Morozov, and Jaques Rancière, whose classic 1975 essay Off to the Exhibition: The Worker, his Wife and the Machines detailed the discourse of Parisian tradesmen in the face of the mechanization on display at the Paris Exhibition Universelle of 1867.

 

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Source: http://www.thestraddler.com/201311/piece7....