In this world, there is a certain class, which we will call the “internet proletariat”.
A median representative of this class spends most of their resources (that is, their time) browsing the internet for opportunities, be it social networks, art funding bodies, chat messengers, or instant aura trading platforms.
They do not own the means of production and their average annual pay stays well beyond the higher tax rate band, normally just barely surviving.
However, their relation to money (and to themselves) is slightly distorted as the payments go in through irregular streams: seemingly little effort can yield high revenues, but that is usually the case if one doesn’t count all the endless hours spent tapping, scrolling, and posting. Lottery. The sporadic nature of such income gives an illusion of richness, and additional bonuses such as dopamine-boosting likes and various other influencer perks make it an interesting occupation for some.
A few things to mention in passing…
Where there is the proletariat, there is also the bourgeoisie.
This bourgeoisie is of a strange kind. They run funding bodies, they make decisions, they also promote certain agendas on a global scale.
They own the means of production — the networks — so precious to the proletariat.
They also derive all the profits, and not only the visibility and the minimum wage of the proletariat.
It’s ironic that visibility is such a sought=after asset these days – among proletariat, not bourgeoisie – especially in relation to privacy and Mark Zuckerberg’s Adidas slippers.
Speaking of which, it’s also interesting how utmost rationality and efficacy preached by the new internet bourgeoisie seeps through the networks to become the prevailing ideology for the proletariat. Just like the concept of visibility that replaced privacy because it’s good to do things just for credit, it is also more efficient to work 24 hours a day, to transform one’s life into one’s work. The effects on health are negligible because as soon as a component goes out of order, it’s quickly replaced by a new one, thanks to wireless delivery mechanisms.
If there is anything else to say about proletariat and bourgeoisie it’s that they create each other, just like any other dichotomy.
And while the division of cells is the origin of life, mutation is the origin of evolution.
“Proletarians of all countries, mutate!”
Another important question is who actually owns the infrastructure, or whether it can or should be owned at all.