For The Win by Cory Doctorow


For the WinFor the Win by Cory Doctorow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A lesson in economics made simple. A gut wrenching tale of disparate and undervalued workers of the world wide web, and the ingenuity and determination that leads to fair treatment. You think playing computer games is only for fun? There’s much more to it than that. Some people get rich buying and trading virtual items in virtual worlds. Meanwhile the 21st century sweat shops ‘farm gold’ to be sold on elsewhere in the real world.

I wish I had read this book whilst still studying the economics modules at university!  This would have helped tremendously putting game theory and the drier economics theories into perspective.  It gives you a greater understanding of how these intangible facts and figures can have a real effect on people’s everyday lives.  Some for the better, often for the worse; and the importance of how trade unions can help to balance the power.

This book was published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike 3.0 license.  Which means you can find this book online and read it for free.  There is also an audiobook version available through Archive.org.
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