This is Amazon’s “Participation Agreement.”
These agreements are central to the current legal and practical domain of participation, specifically when IT, software, data, mobile devices are involved. They are a different species of thing than a copyright license (or a labor contract) and they largely exist to limit liability. But they signal a demand for a kind of corporate subjectivity that few of us have or want—emblematized by that feeling of resignation and bewilderment when faced with the necessity of agreeing to such a thing. And yet, such “participation” is central to nearly every aspect of contemporary mediatic living.
This is a Google N-Gram chart displaying the appearance of five important words. Take it with a grain of salt. Experience it with salty irony, not gritty cynicism. I want to point out only one thing, which is that participation is clearly set to become more important than justice, democracy or equality, and if the fortunes of freedom continue to fall, its only competition will be responsibility