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I’m interested in the various modes of essentialism that have been discussed throughout several readings in this course. Kirschenbaum, of course, provides us with an in-depth analysis of screen essentialism—the process of effacing every element of a digital technology beyond its screen. Lisa Nakumura discusses the essentialization of Navajo women of color and the biopolitical stakes thereof, discussing a deliberately disseminated imaginary of women of color as “natural” fits for the sorts of affective labor or “women’s work” required by the tech industry. I’m curious, too, about other forms of essentialism that occur on Terranova’s ‘outernet’—I’m thinking about outsourced labor, for example, as a mechanism for the collapsing and effacement of individual difference and alterity.