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Astra Taylor
Astra Taylor is a writer, documentary filmmaker (including Zizek! and Examined Life) and activist. She also helped launch the Occupy offshoot Strike Debt and its Rolling Jubilee campaign. Her latest book is called The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (Metropolitan Books).

Entries by Astra Taylor

Education With a Debt Sentence

(27) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 9:27 AM

For-Profit Colleges as American Dream Crushers and Factories of Debt

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Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream -- gainful employment, the chance for a middle...

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How the Internet Is Transforming from a Tool of Liberation to One of Oppression

(16) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 1:44 AM

Remember when the Internet was going to fix the world? According to leading technology pundits, traditional dinosaurs were going to be "disintermediated" and "disrupted," freeing us all from meddling middlemen and allowing competition to flourish. We wouldn't need corrupt professional media makers anymore because we would all blog and tweet....

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The Disappearing Woman and Life on the Internet

(39) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Open Systems and Glass Ceilings

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The Web is regularly hailed for its “openness” and that’s where the confusion begins, since “open” in no way means “equal.” While the Internet may create space for many voices, it also reflects and often amplifies real-world inequities...

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