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The Web of Relationships We Have To Save

A link is not just a link. A link is a relationship.

That is exactly right. A link isn’t just a link, or a hit to be counted. A link is a relationship between people. Karl Marx was a lousy theorist of communism, but I think he was really good at understanding what capitalism does to social relationships. He identified “commodity fetishism” as a key mechanism: our tendency to think of buying and selling of things as merely the exchange of objects for money, rather than a whole set of complex relationships between people, power structures, states, and more. From the rural migrant in a Chinese factory to the ship on the high seas that delivers a phone to the shop in a big city in the United States to the ultimate purchaser, me, it is a set of relationships, embedded in inequalities and frailties and in power between people.



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Zeynep Tufekci

Thinking about our tools, ourselves. Assistant prof at UNC iSchool. Princeton CITP fellow, Harvard Berkman faculty associate, Sociology.