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The simplest definition of a commodity consistent with Marx is that it is anything produced for market exchange. Internet access is clearly a commodity in that sense. You pay for it. Even when you get free WiFi, the provider is paying someone else for it. Access to the Internet is produced through the installation, configuration and maintenance of ...


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Good question - and a little complex. The Internet was originally envisioned as a democratic/"open source" platform where people could freely exchange information and ideas. However, it has been largely commercialized, and powerful entities like the U.S. government and Google also use it as a means of surveillance and extracting a vast range of personal ...


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It strikes me that the internet as such is (a) a platform for distribution of informational commodities; (b) a sphere of productivity for these informational commodities; (c) a sphere of consumption of informational commodities; and increasingly (d) a zone of circulatory exchange for digital labor (i.e., directly trading currency for applications of ...


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