FQ contributing editor Nilo Couret uses the Fyre app, the Fyre Festival, and the dueling documentaries about Fyre—Fyre Fraud and Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened—to map the landscape of contemporary debt as it intersects with new media (i.e., mobile app development, social media advertising, and streaming platforms) and account for the theoretical and political implications of indebtedness. He concludes that streaming platforms are akin to social networks, video-sharing platforms, and online publishers both because of the relentless pursuit and monetization of our attention as well as an economic viability sustained by debt.

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