Gina Neff - Working in the "dot coms"

Gina takes an interesting line of analysis into the economic implications of the IT transition in society. After a detailed sociological investigation in the dot com boom of "Silicon Ally" in New York City, she proposes the notion of "venture labor" to capture the attitudes and worldview of people who investigated great amounts of energy and time into start up companies with little guarantee of return. The idea of such a worker resonates with the more flexible and potentially disposable nature of psot-Fordist economies.

The term venture labor nicely illustrates the conversion of labor to capital (and visa versa). Does the IT transition herald an increasingly commodified labor source, whereby labor is as equally as an investment as capital?

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