I wanted to compile a scattershot of marginalized laborers. So when I first compiled this list, the criticism that I got is that it was too broad. Admittedly, there was not a tying thread between the different groups. Gold farmers in World of Warcraft were not being exploited the same ways as actors and actresses in adult entertainment. Instead I narrowed my lens specifically on the unsung victims of marginalized labor. This is not meant to be a value judgment on who has it worse, but rather an attempt to bring attention to groups that normally aren’t focused on.
This meant removing focus away from marginalized, but more obvious victims. Those in the adult entertainment industry are digital workers in the sense that they create digital media. Many are lured in with half-truths about the nature of internet media, and as such, are marginalized by their work: actresses in LA are often told that their videos will only generate certain amount of views and will be marketed only for Australian or South Pacific audiences. As a result, they’re exploited twice: they’re paid an amount equal to the size of that audience share, and adult entertainment companies don’t actually restrict to those audiences or put in protections to prevent it from leaking to home communities.
The evolution of the perception of women, from objects to now ‘digital objects’ is profound and worthy of analysis. However, not for this project. Instead, we’re going to focus on people you never would have even thought of. The list as a result is much shorter, but more concentrated, better or for worse. This list, divided into three main categories, can be summarized as an analysis of abuses of where we play, where we reside, and where we learn on the digital landscape.
- World of Warcraft Economics
- How Much People “Like” Like Facebook
- The Poison Pills of Reddit
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