Brooke Erin Duffy is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University and the author of Remake, Remodel: Women's Magazines in the Digital Age.
Contrary to optimists who hoped that the internet would bail women out of the family-career bind, Duffy finds that female 'digital-media hopefuls' rarely get paid for their work. The phenomenon Duffy describes is fascinating. -Frances McCall Rosenbluth, coauthor of both Forged Through Fire and Women, Work, and Politics -- Frances Rosenbluth Duffy's critically astute study reveals the intersection of pleasure and power in contemporary capitalism and clearly articulates an essential new perspective on digital labor. - Kylie Jarrett, author of The Digital Housewife -- Kylie Jarrett This immensely valuable book reveals the trapdoor for female workers who pursue their talents on social media. Duffy expertly dissects a system which attracts many, rewards a few, and exploits the rest. - Andrew Ross, author of Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times -- Andrew Ross This rich, original, and insightful book introduces a new concept-aspirational labor-for thinking about contemporary creative work and shows how gender and social media are intimately entangled with it. Highly recommended! -Rosalind Gill, author of Gender and the Media -- Rosalind Gill