11/18/11

Social Media: Follow Vulture Capitalism

Free Time Has Become a Commodity to Be Exploited

What we're seeing in social media is the rise of a small handful of imperial platforms [Google+, Facebook, Twitter] ready to use the productivity of the users for profit.

The social relations and associations captured in the various networks and platforms and media are a productive force of their own, a commons.

The development of techno-capitalism shows us how 'the exploitation of the worker' has become the exploitation of our 'free' time. Capitalism captures the work we do to maintain our friendships as a kind of productivity.

Networking technology has made it possible to archive the product of this social work and find more capitalist applications for it. Social relations are produced socially; their shape is determined to a degree by social needs, or in other words, the general intellect.

With social networks increasingly becoming the medium of friendship, the purpose of friendship has likewise been affected.

It now takes the form of all this concrete data-processing labor online, which goes by the benign enough name of “sharing.”

The productivity of social networking seems like the cutting-edge manifestation of a tendency where more free time, for ultimately get reappropriated by capital.

The individual has changed as a result of a large amount of free time. He indulges in cultural consumption and a sort of ‘power to enjoy’.

Most of us will recognize that the Post-Fordist laboring process actually takes advantage in its way of this very transformation albeit depriving it of all emancipatory qualities.

What is learned, carried out and consumed in the time outside of labor is then utilized in the production of commodities, becomes a part of the use value of labor power and is computed as profitable resource.

Even the greater ‘power to enjoy’ is always on the verge of being turned into laboring task.

That's why it is worth complaining about social networks being private for-profit entities. The general intellect loses its autonomy, its capacity to function as a public sphere. Instead, it’s just another digital assembly-line product. Source

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Android fans that want to really get their geek on and develop their own accessories and physical devices to work with their smartphone might want to check this out.

It’s from a company called SparkFun and the product is dubbed Electric Sheep. It’s not really a sheep, but rather a board that hooks to your Android device via USB, and lets you design things.

Similarly to the Arduino Mega ADK board, the Electric Sheep board will connect to your Android device using the Open Accessory protocol and that gives you access to the phone’s functions.

You can use the board to tie the phone to just about anything electronic or mechanical you can dream up, then control it from your phone.

The board has an ATMEGA2560-16AU microcontroller on it and a pre-loaded Mega 2560 bootloader. It has an onboard USB host header for connecting your Android gadgets, and can control devices without having to write any Java code – when used in concert with HandBag for Android.

The Electric Sheep board is available now for $79.95 (USD) over at SparkFun. Source

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