Argun: “Don’t fire me, OK? I’ll do anything. I’ll work for less money. I’ll do longer hours?” (Kunzra 91)
Argun is pleaded with Virugenix not to fire him. He is willing to sacrifice his mental and physical labor so that he may continue to work.
In the twenty-first century, our capitalistic society is digital labour. For instance, we have devices that can search the Internet in milliseconds, an app to order food, read the news by the swipe of a finger, all in the palm of your hand.
How were these created? By man, or a group of dudes in Silicon Valley. Whether people disagree with me or not, the programmers of Silicon Valley are the intellectual laborers. Dyer-Witheford calls them the “digital labour.”
In Transmission, Argun is the digital laborer. After he was fired, he was left feeling confused, perplexed; then quickly assures himself that he can fix it. But this was not something like a computer, he couldn’t fix it. He was no longer needed, easily disposed and replaced.
Back in the 90s, when the techno bomb happened, a new law emerged, intellectual property. This allowed for Individuals such as in the computer industry to legally secure their ideas without it being stolen by someone else. However, what also emerged in the computer industry were cooperations, and people. The minds of these people are Gold. To come up with new and innovative ideas, while employed by a corporation, meant dollar signs. Oh yeah, and the cooperation owns the idea. Once the idea is taken, the worker is no longer needed. Just like Argun, the digital laboour is disposed.