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Antisocial MediaAnxious Labor in the Digital Economy$
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Greg Goldberg

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479829989

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479829989.001.0001

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(p.121) 4 Sharing
Antisocial Media

Greg Goldberg

NYU Press

This chapter examines popular and academic concerns that the sharing economy offers workers a raw deal—lower salaries, fewer benefits, and little job security—and that workers have essentially been forced to take sharing-economy jobs in the wake of the Great Recession, all of which have been masked by the communitarian rhetoric of sharing-economy proponents. The chapter does not dispute critics’ characterization of sharing economy practices as unsavory, but rather takes issue with the notion that contingent employment is necessarily a bad thing for workers. The chapter argues that concerns about the increasing precarity of labor are rooted in a rejection of the market and of money as inimical to valued social bonds. The antisocial thesis inspires a critical interpretation of money and the market as potentially liberatory.

Keywords:   sharing economy, sharing, precarity, markets, community, altruism, money, gift, social, antisocial

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