Book Review: Yuqi Na reviews Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition

Yuqi NA*

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You are an iSlave. When you can’t stop buying digital gadgets or checking Facebook, then you’re already enslaved, like workers on manufacturing assembly lines, only in a different way. ‘iSlavery’, according to Qiu, is ‘made possible by the latest digital technologies of our time’ which ‘sustains a planetary network whose central nexus is the Apple-Foxconn alliance – or Appconn – the “masters,” so to speak, who owns, manipulates, and exploits untold numbers of iSlaves’ (p. 6). In contrast to tech gurus’ claims that 21st-century digital technologies have brought us a new world, Qiu points to the many horrible parallels between 17th-century slavery and the ‘institutions and practise similar to slavery’ in today’s digital media industries (p. 172).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769-771
Issue number5
Early online date11 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020
Externally publishedYes

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