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Free read Gigged by Sarah Kessler 100 Actly which hours he works each week to the Uber driver who starts a union to the charity worker who believes freelance gigs might just transform a declining rural town journalist Sarah Kessler follows a wide range of individuals from across the country to provide a nuanced look at how the gig economy is playing out in real timeKessler wades through the hype and hyperbole to tackle the big uestions What does the future of work look like Will the millennial generation do as well their parents How can we all find meaningful well paid work. Gigged is a tech journalists tour of the the gig economy mostly from a neutral standpoint Recently there has been a spat of books that look into the dark side that web 20 and social apps have had in our society These include Weapons of Math Destruction Automatic Ineuality and Algorithms of Oppression to name just 3 that have been published since 2016 There s probably at least a dozen others that are specific towards a domain area like election hacking fake news cyber warfare and surveillance capitalism and another half a dozen books on gig apps themselves like Uber Airbnb etc and still probably another dozen on the future of work in generalGigged primarily follows 4 5 main threads a woman who used s mechanical turk to supplement her husband s income during times of difficulty in their work life the founding team for Managed by a platform for office building janitorial staff the founder of Samaschool a bootcamp that focused on up skilling residents of Dumas Arkansas to work on platforms like Upwork and Taskrabbit a man trying to unionize Uber driver and sue Uber and a several other strings of stories in between It s difficult to discern whether the author s lack of normative positions on the nature of these companies and their effect on society was due to her closeness to the people working in them being a tech journalist or if it was by design Either way because of this feature this book offers a different set narrative from something like Weapons of Math Destruction which sought to uproot as much of the negative aspects of the phenomenon as possible in a 6 7 hour reading time frame In fact most of the stories have some aspects of a happy or positive ending to them The mechanical turker goes back to school to become a labor lawyer Managed by survives to become a so far feasible company who s leadership apparently making decisions to benefit their cleaners and not their bottom line Although the man who sues Uber fails and fails at making a rival to Uber he ends up inspired by Donald Trump and is now seeking to buy lots of real estate and has recently bought a non air bed mattress to sleep on The author does a good job outlining the mechanics and issues with many of these platforms like Upwork where there s a clear bifurcation between two broad categories of jobs those that are highly skilled and command a lot of lucre and those that are extremely menial and don t offer enough pay to entice or support displaced American workers and are often filled by overseas laborers Likewise she did a good job outlining some of the growing pains of Uber from 2015 recent present as well as the issues that plague gig work in general Many of these concerns have been highlighted in recent years and some are even issues that exist in traditional retail work like weekly schedule optimizations that force workers to put in a very late shift and open simultaneously often affording not than a few hours of sleep for the worker in between The author does not forward many if any solutions to these issues but to say that whatever the solution to our job plight might be it will not be to go back to the pre platform days She believes that though imperfect the platforms offer some genuine functional value to gig workers and that this technology will be an integral part of work solutioning for the future The book is not bad it s narrative neutrality is almost academic except with nowhere near as much detail or dryness characteristic of a monograph on a topic like the one covered in this book As a summary it s a definite recommendation as introductory reading For details it is not I d definitely recommend this as ancillary reading on a course for future labor policy andor the ethics of algorithms possible a user experience design course as well

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Free read Gigged by Sarah Kessler 100 S revolutionized the way we do business High profile tech start ups such as Uber and Airbnb are constantly making headlines for the disruption they cause to the industries they overturn But what are the effects of this disruption from Wall Street down to Main Street What challenges do employees and job seekers face at every level of professional experienceIn the tradition of the great business narratives of our time Gigged offers deeply sourced up close and personal accounts of our new economy From the computer programmer who chooses ex. Just finished Gigged by the brilliant writer Sarah Kessler Over 6 years she reported on the rise of the gig economy the countless enumerations on Uber s model Uber but for cat food and the folks who get swept into the promise of flexible work at good pay Spoiler most of them are disappointed by the gig economy which wasn t designed to empower the kinds of people who really need to work to survive Sarah interweaves several intimate stories one woman writes scripts to get alerts in the middle of the night so she can snatch jobs faster then spends hours labeling products on another man works hard from his trailer in rural Arkansas fielding customer service calls about broken air conditioners then come autumn is out of a job all the while competing with overseas operators who will work for far less money It s bleak people But some iteration of the gig economy represents the future of work at least until the robots catch up

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Free read Gigged by Sarah Kessler 100 With deep reporting and graceful storytelling Sarah Kessler reveals the ground truth of a key part of the American workforce Her analysis is both astute and nuanced making GIGGED essential reading for anyone interested in the future of work Daniel H Pink author of WHEN and DRIVE The full time job is disappearing is landing the right gig the new American Dream One in three American workers is now a freelancer This “gig economy” one that provides neither the guarantee of steady hours nor benefits emerged out of the digital era and ha. Capitalism uses cutting edge technology to screw workers Old Wine New Bottles Uber Mechanical Turk are innovative methods for pushing down wages shedding benefits putting all risk on workers in the name of being your own boss as an independent contractor You are scrubbing toilets for less money and security but guess what your an entrepreneur in the new economy