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Trebor Scholz

Visiting Fellow 12-13

Culture and Media

The New School, New York City


Trebor Scholz is a writer, catalyst, and professor for Culture and Media at The New School in New York City. Scholz’ interests are located at the intersection of digital labor, global media activism, and digital learning, positioned to analyze the limitations and potentialities of emerging digital media. He teaches courses in the area of Internet and Society.

His forthcoming book with Polity offers a history of the Social Web and its Orwellian economies. He recently co-authored From Mobile Playgrounds to Sweatshop City (with Laura Y. Liu). Book chapters include “Facebook as Playground and Factory” and “Cheaper by the Dozen. An Introduction to Crowdsourcing.” Scholz is the editor of two collections of essays, Learning Through Digital Media and Digital Labor (Routledge, 2012). He co-edited nine books in the Situated Technologies series (

Dr. Scholz holds a grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He chaired seven major conferences, including the Internet as Playground and Factory ( and MobilityShifts (

Twitter: @trebors

Digital Labor. The Internet as Playground and Factory


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