Is social media getting us to work more for less? Brooke Erin Duffy examines digital platforms and labor. (Illustration Credit: Elizabeth Nelson)

Dream Work — Unpaid Labor in the Gig Economy

by J. Edward Anthony

Stories abound of so-called social media influencers who earn thousands of dollars for a single post. The New York Times reported in July 2019 that the YouTube star du jour, Emma Chamberlain, made as much as $2 million a year from her videos alone. Being a social media influencer is glamourous, and it seems that anyone can do it — not just teenagers. Recent college…



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