Chokepoint Capitalism: how Big Tech and Big Content captured creative labor markets and how we'll win them back

Originally published at: Chokepoint Capitalism: how Big Tech and Big Content captured creative labor markets and how we'll win them back | Boing Boing

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powerful corporations construct “anti-competitive flywheels” designed to lock in users and suppliers, make their markets hostile to new entrants, and then force workers and suppliers to accept unfairly low prices.

These mechanisms always end up displaying real contempt for and infanilisation of consumers and end-users. “You get what you pay for” becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy in the hands of late-stage capitalism.

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I think you meant to put, “You rent what you pay for”.

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Exhibit A:

exploitative businesses creating insurmountable barriers to competition that enable them to capture value that should rightfully go to others. All workers are weakened by this, but the problem is especially well-illustrated by the plight of creative workers. From Amazon’s use of digital rights management and bundling to…

Exhibit B:

Their book, Chokepoint Capitalism [Amazon]…

uh?

The peasants who overthrow monarchies are not hypocrites because they lived under feudalism.

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