Issue 33

the Week of February 22, 2016
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In this issue, we look at labor issues in crowdsourcing and open data, discuss the links between hip hop and entrepreneurship, and explore how popular tech economic models were first developed in marginalized communities. We examine intersectional approaches to the pipeline, and confront capitalism’s impact on people with chronic mental illness and disabilities. Plus, an exclusive interview on creation, representation and “passion” in the games industry, and a critique of tech workers’ emotional attachment to corporations. Photo CC-BY Fitz Crittle, Fitz Crittle Photography, cropped.

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Tech Workers: Please Stop Defending Tech Companies

Why in the fuck would you stand with billionaires, corrupt power centers, and technology dynasties... over the very people that you work alongside?

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Tech Culture Perpetuates Eating Disorders

There is not one single thing that makes it a good place for people with eating disorders to exist or recover.

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Crowdsourcing, Open Data and Precarious Labour

Crowdsourcing and microtransactions are two halves of the same coin: they both mark new stages in the continuing devaluation of labour.

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An Interview with Anthony Frasier

"There’s always a lot of things when it comes to Black people in America, where it can make a young person feel like, why even try? It can create so many mental barriers for a young person. So if I can do my part in trying to break those down before they even build up, I’m gonna do that."

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The Sick Day that Never Ends: Capitalism’s Pricetag for the Disabled and Marginalized

Capitalism is an economic system of convenience… that is, the convenience of management and CEOs.

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Ohmygod Are You Going To Be Alright? An Interview on Passion, Perseverance and Hope for the Future with Anna Anthropy

"I don't know if I believe in passion. Passion is the thing that lets us overlook how badly we're hurting."

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How Tech Business Models Come From Marginalized Communities, But Startups Are Still Mostly White

The word “startup” has begun to signify a particular brand of business success... and a particular type of business person.

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Intersectional Approaches to Diversifying the Tech Sector

If programs to get youth into tech are adding an extra layer of difficulty for young people, rather than improving their lives, why would they enter and stay?

This issue is made possible in part by some of our generous readers: Briar Rose Schreiber, Nigel Kerr, R. C. James HarlowGalen Pewtherer, Ben Wood, Dawn Isabel, Erica Joy and James Turnbull. To become a sponsor, email modelviewculture -at- gmail.