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Capitalism, Marxism, and the Internet: The Means of Technological Reproduction

Monday January 29 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST

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Join authors Ben Tarnoff (Internet for the People) and Tara Isabella Burton (Self-Made: Creating Our Identities from Da Vinci to the Kardashian) for a salon on Marx, technology, the Internet, corporate power online, and the relationship between public policy and online culture.

Is the internet broken? In his book, Ben Tarnoff argues that the internet is in a state of disrepair stemming from its ownership by private firms and operation for profit. In this salon, we will explore Tarnoff’s vision of deprivatizing the internet, aiming for a digital future where people, not profit, rule. We’ll discuss the transformation of the internet from a small research network into a tool of global capitalism and the potential for a democratically controlled digital future.

The questions discussed will include:

  • The impact of corporate power on online culture and public policy.
  • The feasibility and implications of a deprivatized internet.
  • The intersection of Marxism with current technological and internet issues.

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Monday January 29
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST
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