Lecture: The Labor of Participation


February 9 at 6:00 pm
Cranbrook Museum of Art

Playbor, a portmanteau of “play” and “labor,” is a term used by media theorists to describe our interactions within social media spaces. While on the one hand, our participation in online environments may constitute a form of sociality, or play, it also engages us in a form of digital labor as our posts, uploads, comments and tweets become the means of production that generate content for these sites. In this lecture, we will critically read our online activity and consider what happens when we collapse work, play, and sociality into a single activity.

Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program.