Crowdsourcing and the Other Digital Faces of Racism (White Supremacy)
In an article published last year, entitled “Beware Social Media’s Dark Side, Scholars Warn Companies”, the author begins by quoting a professor who describes “crowdsourcing” as a profit strategy for Internet companies to get large numbers of people to do work or accomplish tasks for little or no pay.
In addition to the problematic title of the article, which predictably encodes darkness with incorrectness, another issue is the conceptual separation of “crowdsourcing” and Racism (White Supremacy), which has its own section in the article. Crowdsourcing is simply a refined term which is being used to euphemistically describe slave labor. Even though one person quoted in the article, described crowdsourcing as a “digital sweatshop”, it’s never explicit that crowdsourcing, like sweatshops, depend almost always on a non-white labor force. An example of the mentality that drives Racism(White Supremacy) is illustrated in one of the comments for this article: