"Many feminists, particularly in the Italian Marxist tradition, have long considered the domestic sphere as a place of immaterial labor, a discussion that is constantly being revived. This includes the discussion of how women are disproportionately demanded to perform an overabundance of affective labor - a type of immaterial labor meaning work that requires the laborer to take on or project an affective or emotional experience. On one level, the conversations we must have about immaterial digital labor are personal: the materiality of information, affect, libido, and violence are unquestionable. Digital labor manifests in physical syndromes, aches and pains, carpal tunnel, the related ailments of stress. Anyone who has used a laptop at night has experienced not being able to sleep because of the way a screen’s light affects circadian rhythms. On another level, these conversations also engage with the systemic: wealth inequality, poverty, and the state surveillance of marginalized bodies must remain at the forefront of any worthwhile discussion of digital labor, otherwise the conversation will risk marginalizing the technological have-nots. Digital labor is as much or more about the growing problem of electronic waste and pollution, and the second-tier click-farm market paying workers to click “Like” buttons all day under sweatshop conditions, as it is about the conditions of using Facebook, which involve micro-tasks: “liking” posts, commenting on friends’ events, endlessly trying to divide work and play."
Siri: Intersections of Gender, Economy, and Technology » Cyborgology?