Readings: â€œMark Zuckerbergâ€™s War on Free Will,â€ by Franklin Foer
â€œRent Seeking and the Making of an Unequal Society,â€ by Joseph Stiglitz from third pdf page 387-412
â€œThe Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism,â€ by Jonathan Lethem
Lethem praises a culture â€œin which pre-existingâ€¦ fragments and largerâ€¦ frameworks are freely reworked.â€ But to what degree is this kind of information sharing culture under threat? Lethem writes about Intellectual property asking us to consider copyright as â€œa government-granted monopoly on the use of creative results.â€ In this way, he directly mirrors Stieglitzâ€™s criticism of the danger of monopolies in stifling individual freedom and social mobility. Similarly, Foer warns against Facebookâ€™s power to control and curate information.
Answer the following questions drawing from all three texts with quotation and summary:
Q: How do algorythm-based digital platforms like Facebook and â€œrent-seeking capitalismâ€ threaten or promote the robust artistic marketplace that Lethem outlines?
You should be comfortable with these terms and ideas before writing your paper:
– The relationship between Stieglitzâ€™s discussion of patents and Lethemâ€™s idea about
– The relationship between Facebookâ€™s algorithms affect the transfer of art and culture.
– Lethemâ€™s use and and concept of plagiarism.
Requirement: There have to be specific quotations in each paragraph and follow the body paragraph map! Thank you so much