I’m reading a book called “Digital Labor” edited by Trebor Scholz. It is a political economic perspective on all kinds of digital labor (including MTurk). I just started it, but one chapter blames the rise of crowdsourcing on reality TV. Basically, reality TV found a way to not pay union writers, in the same way that crowdsourcing sites allow corporations/researchers/etcetera to not pay workers in ‘traditional’ ways. Hadn’t thought of it that way but it is an interesting approach.
I also just saw this article that the New York Times will publish “One Sentence Stories” for the Apple Watch. This is connected to the idea of digital labor in my mind. I’m a professor in a journalism school, and wonder if my colleagues are now going to redefine journalism as one sentence.