What unites Google and Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, Siemens and GE, Uber and Airbnb? Across a wide range of sectors, these firms are transforming themselves into platforms: businesses that provide the hardware and software foundation for others to operate on. This transformation signals a major shift in how capitalist firms operate and how they interact with the rest of...more
This is an essential book for anyone wanting to know mor ...more
The present book aims to supplement these other perspectives by giving an economic history of capitalism and digital technology while recognizing the diversity of economic forms and the competitive tensions inherent in the contemporary economy. The simple wager of the book is that we can learn a lot about major tech companies by taking them to be economic actors within a c ...more
The second chapter explains data hosting platforms and how companies increasingly put their admin and processes on computer and on the internet. We're told that the net uses 9.2% of the wor ...more
A powerful and intriguing book. A great interpretation of digitization and capitalism, and digitization in capitalism.
The above quote from the book is true, in a roundabout way. I'm quite certain - without verifying it - that Nick Srnicek does not really like capitalism; I'm completely with him, if that is the case. You've already guessed my stance on the matter, that it's likable to me m ...more
One answer to these questions is supplied by this book. The author takes the view that we have moved beyond the realms of ...more
A chilling and vital read.
Srnicek's short but shrewd ...more
This was a really interesting book, particularly if you’re interested in technology or work to some extent in the STEM fields. A significant proportion of the book is tightly focused on the period between 2015 and 2017 when it was published. So it’s a fairly good book to understand the current moment in the unfolding tech landscape, particularly its relationship to the larger context of austerity measures and loose monetary policy. There are also so many fascinating facts an ...more
I. Industrial revolution history
- 1st revolution:
+ The end of 18th century - the beginning of 19th century.
+ The invention of steam engine, textile industry, iron making industry...
- 2nd revolution:
+ The end of 19th century - the beginning of 20th century
+ The invention of electricity, steel industry, oil industry...
+ Fordism: moving assembly line -> mass production
+ Taylorism: scientific management -> la ...more
After a brief introductory chapter, he first provides the historical background to the emergence of platform capitalism covering the crises of the 70s, the dotcom bust and the ...more
I plan to use this book for some videos about the material conditions underlying the attention economy, but until then I'll simpl ...more
Platforms continue to expand across the economy -> platforms "dependent on advertising revenues are compelled to transition more into direct payment businesses” -> “lean platforms dependent on outsourcing costs and on venture capital large ...more
There’s a market for an intelligent critique of the monopolistic tendencies of the current evolution towards platform. This short book, alas, never quite pulls that all together. I really liked the distinction between different types of platforms but the author doesn’t provide any further useful structure and ends up piling theories about capitalism in general, the supply of capital, and Marxist exploitation of labor concerns up i ...more
Born in 1982, Srnicek took a double major in Psychology and Philosophy before completing an MA at the University of Western Ontario in 2007. He proceeded to a PhD at the London School of Economics, completing his thesis in 2013 on "Representing complexity: the material construct ...more