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Venture LaborWork and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries$
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Gina Neff

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017480

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017480.001.0001

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Conclusion: Lessons from a New Economy for a New Medium?

Conclusion: Lessons from a New Economy for a New Medium?

(p.149) 6 Conclusion: Lessons from a New Economy for a New Medium?
Venture Labor

Gina Neff

The MIT Press

This chapter draws lessons from the experience of the first wave of the “new economy” for thinking about media production, and describes the ways to apply the concept of venture labor to work outside of the Internet industry. Silicon Alley’s legacy of media and of work can offer lessons for the future. The lessons from the ways in which work emerged online in the dot-com era help in the understanding of the motivations and challenges of what might be called the social media era. The chapter suggests that the trick for future media and business revolutions will be to find ways to support venture labor, so that innovative and creative jobs can also be stable and good jobs.

Keywords:   media production, venture labor, Internet industry, Silicon Alley, legacy of media, legacy of work, dot-com era, social media

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