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On the dark side of truth

Kris Fallon: Where Truth Lies. Digital Culture and Documentary Media after 9/11

MEDIA: The struggle for truth – and thus for documentarism – has become brutal. A new book analyzes how truth claims and digital culture shape our political realities.

TaskRabbit, Uber, Airbnb and Kitchen Surfing

Alexandrea J. Ravenelle: Hustle and Gig. Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy

Platformer: The so-called sharing economy promises freedom to organize one's own working life. Sociologist Alexandrea J. Ravenelle examines the survival conditions of platform workers.

Trump's raucous racist rhetoric

Nikhil Pal Singh: Race and America's Long War Author

BIOPOLITICS: Does the public notion of order necessitate extreme violence against certain sections of the population (natives, blacks, Muslims, etc.)? May 5000 poor and displaced migrants be met by a wall and the mobilization of 15000 soldiers?

From individual participation to authoritarian politics

Nathan Gardels, Nicolas Berggruen: Renovating Democracy – Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism

POLICY: Is technological development destabilizing modern democracies? China can be seen as a positive counterpart to the West.

White and black workers

Joe William Trotter jr .: Workers on Arrival. Black Labor in the Making of America

: THE WORKING CLASS: Hegemonic Trump analyzes portray the working class of the United States as white.

Poor people, unite you – across racialization

Sylvie Laurent: King and the Other America. The Poor People's Campaign and the Quest for Economic Equality

ECONOMIC INequality: In an era where anti-racism is being demarcated as identity politics and white poor are accused of blaming Trump, it is helpful to be reminded of Martin Luther King's attempt to bridge the gap against racism and economic inequality.

The technology of yield

Alex Rosenblat: Uberland. How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work

: Uber's algorithms rewrite the conditions of work, says technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat. But the question is whether the app company is not just taking advantage of the existing conditions.