Nothing to Spare, What Coronavirus Reveals About the Economic Model That Shapes Our Lives

"The US is often imagined as a nation of abundance, even excess. However, mere days into the coronavirus crisis, reports emerged of abrupt shortages: shelves without toilet paper, bread, or flour. More concerning still was the lack of disinfectants, sanitizers, and necessary medical equipment such as masks, gloves, gowns, and ventilators — and, we would learn, state and local governments and health systems were being forced to compete for medical and personal protective equipment, even relying on private donations to fill the gap between need and supply..."

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Cengiz Salman is a PhD candidate and Anna Watkins Fisher is an assistant professor in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Both are members of Precarity Lab, a research collective that focuses on the various forms of insecurity, vulnerability, and social and cultural exclusion that digital platforms produce and mediate. The collective’s book, Technoprecarious, is forthcoming from Goldsmiths/MIT Press in Fall 2020.