‘Like’ for a living

It is obvious that the digital world is transitioning into a new paradigm where communication is free as more and more barriers are being destroyed. Therefore, it is essential not to let monopoly exists in this new world as it will hold back all the development, as stated by Boldrin and Levine in this week reading.

However, this seems to be not easy at all since giant digital empires, aka ‘the stacks’, are emerging to form a new notion called ‘iFeudalism’. These ‘stacks’ function in the same way as the ‘manor’ in the feudalism where people are gathered into a close space with its own rules, according to our lecturer Ted. Besides all the similarities between these walled gardens and the manors, I noticed one point that have not been mentioned that is in the manors, people worked on the farms to make a living so is there the same case in the iManors ?

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Therefore, I personally think of an assumption is that the virtual life is becoming an essential part of people’s lives that it gives them motivation to live, to work and control their emotions as well. For example, a Facebook user may start a day enthusiastically if he receives positive comments on his profile picture and vice versa. In this way, I assume that all the activities people do online are to make their ‘virtual’ living. They tweet, retweet, share, comment, and like, for a living.

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16 thoughts on “‘Like’ for a living”

  1. Well, your assumption is pretty interesting and it’s true in this digital age. I can’t agree more about that. The first thing I do every time when I sit down to study is checking my Facebook (though I am definitely not Facebook addicted). And in fact, there are people who are earning money via the Internet. We can see the emergence of bloggers, vloggers, and specially IT girls (like the Hadids). They become famous via the Internet (thanks to our like and retweet) and now they earn heaps of money thanks to their virtual reputation

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    1. Hey there,

      It’s great to know that there are someone who share the same thoughts 😉 I can also recall to my own case that checking Facebook every time my hands are free is becoming a kinda routine. It is also obvious that people are making money online, and dollars are coming from our attention.
      Thanks for the comment.

      Cuong.

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  2. Could not have explained my life more so simply then in those last few words. It’s interesting to say that what drives people in modern society is these intangible notions of ‘likes’, ‘comments’, etc. However scary it may be though, it is true. I myself am reliant on whether people are responding positively to my posts on Instagram with the voice in the back of my head saying ‘If this doesn’t get at least 20 likes delete it.’ The attention economy is booming because of this idea of ‘virtual currency’ being likes and it (to some degree) controls peoples lives, emotion and wellbeing. (A little bit more on the ‘like currency’ can be found in this article). A persons whole virtual life or ‘persona’ is becoming more and more so prominent in people lives which is indeed scary. To think that one day I may be paid in likes? God help me.

    Really liked your post, well done. The meme was fantastic as well, love me a good bowl of retweets in the morning.

    ~ krisesandchrosses ~

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    1. Hey there,

      I can totally recall to your Instagram experience, sometimes I was just about to delete a post because it seemed like no one pressed like but just a few moment later likes just came up. It was maybe because people were not online at the time but it made me realize how dependent I am on online activities.
      Thanks for your comment.

      Cuong.

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  3. I really liked how you brought forward a point that wasn’t mentioned in the lectures and expanded on your own knowledge of the “iManor” concept. I agree with you completely in that what we do online i.e. posting, sharing, liking etc. is what we need to do to maintain and build our virtual presence online. While the everyday user can metaphorically be making our “virtual living”, there are some cases for many individuals where “working” on social media is their living. This new paradigm that people can make a living from their postings on social media, via generating revenue from the attention they receive on advertised posts etc, is one of the affordances of the liquid labour paradigm. Here is a link of some individuals whose job is creating and maintaining their online presence on Instagram, posting travel pictures, earning enough revenue from our attention, that they no longer need to hold “traditional” occupations. http://www.chinchillanews.com.au/news/is-this-the-worlds-best-job/3076589/

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    1. Hi Brianna,

      Great to know that you share the same thought. It is amazing that nowadays people can make money from the Internet. I really enjoyed your source. I used to think that they are having the best jobs in the world but when taking this subject I’ve changed my mind. It takes a lot of thinking and practicing to be such bloggers and it is not easy at all.
      Thanks for the comment and the source.

      Cuong.

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  4. In relation to iFeudalism, according to the ‘Grasshopper Clinic’ (2014) we are moving into a service society – however we can argue that we are already cemented in. In that all aspects of our economy will eventually used to serve the interests of the minority, the owners of these walled gardens. This even includes individual traders in which their main source of business is through offline contributions. Whether this is just a reflection of the growing distribution of wealth inequality, or a change of our economic structures.

    Reference:

    Crasshopper Clinic (2014) Are we swinging into iFeudalism? Viewed 06.09.16

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    1. Hi Sam

      This is a great argument. It seems like we are serving our own interest but deep down the ‘walled gardens’ someone is still benefiting from our activities.
      Thanks for the comment.

      Cuong.

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  5. I completely agree that users are trying to bring their virtual persona into their everyday life. Seeing pages posting inspirational content and ‘fitspo’ for example, is encouraging people to change something in real life through virtual content. Its scary to think how influential social media is on our own personal lives. If we see a celebrity advertising something on their own accounts, we feel obligated to look up the product and potentially buy it! Crazy how social media and the digital age has impacted users so much!!

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    1. Hey there !

      I really like your example of celebrities to justify the influence of social media upon us today. After reading this comment I open my Instagram and realized nearly half of people I follow are celebs rather than my acquaintances. Really frustrating to face this reality.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Cuong.

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  6. Heya nice article. I really like the direction you’ve taken with the whole ‘iFeudalism’ in terms of whether or not we make a living. I definitely agree that there’s a big element of an emotional investment and ‘living’ that we get from our digital presences but there’s also a whole heap of productivity and money flying around as a result of these “free” services. Not only are people making a killing on social media platforms but establishing posting content and maintaining a fanbase but even some of the most simple elements of the internet such as email have pushed the world forward and allow people to make a very real living in immediate communication. While services such as email have always been free in a monetary sense we pay our pound of flesh in giving up our rights to privacy.
    Nice one!

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  7. Hey Cuong great post easy to read and understand with an interesting take on the idea of the virtual life affecting our life in reality. I completely agree that the likes, comments etc one gets has an affect on their lives in reality aswell as thier online self. Overall nice post!

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  8. The amount of money that people can make on the internet through Facebook and other social media sites. Your blog was interesting and was different to a lot of the other blogs that i saw, you did a great job! The first thing i do whenever i get home is jump on Facebook, i’m actually always on Facebook at uni, its probably not a great thing but i should be alright. It’s almost addictive and this helps to build that virtual life. I’ll hop on Facebook and youtube and spend hours just watching other peoples content and seeing what everyone is up to. This article was insightful and well written. Well done.

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    1. Hi Harrison,

      What you are doing with Facebook is actually what i am doing. I am on Facebook 24/7 and checking notifications is the first thing I do in the morning.

      Thanks for the comment.
      Cuong.

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