More than 70 percent of women around the world have reported experiencing some sort of street harassment in their lifetime, according to Hollaback, an organization dedicated to ending street harassment.
For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, that harassment is often linked to the threat of violence. A 2013 Hollaback Boston survey showed that 90 percent of LGBT people experienced some kind of street harassment. And it’s a problem that crosses borders. A May 2013 poll of 93,000 LGBT people living in the European Union revealed half of respondents avoided certain public spaces after experiencing street harassment.
Each time we use Facebook, we perform labor, which is to say that we create value. There is no material product,but what we do produces cultural knowledge, shapes opinion and ultimately directs the flow of capital. Facebook has taken our relationships with one another and monetized it, turning our interactions into advertising opportunities. It relies on us to provide content, in the form of videos we shoot, articles we like, screeds we write, places where we check in and comments we post. Without our labor, it has no value; nor would it make any money (hence why Facebook includes the number of new and active users in each quarterly report). Which leads to the great deception of Web 2.0: We aren’t Facebook’s clients; corporations are.
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