Venture Labor| The Internet’s Factory Floor: Political Economy for an Era of Communicative Abundance

Enda Brophy


This article confronts the question of how we might renew the political economy of communication for an era of communicative abundance rather than scarcity. Drawing on Jodi Dean’s concept of “communicative capitalism,” I argue that, if capitalism has become more communicative, then the reinvigoration of political-economic critique necessitates the analysis of, engagement with, and support of the labor that generates profits in the media and communications industries.


communicative capitalism, political economy of communication, labor

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