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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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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

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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. Having read similar books about understanding modern day poverty and work I felt this did well at maintaining a journalistic distance rather than claiming I m one of them But it is very focused on some odd characters and it wouldn t be fair to call them representative Interesting to read about Uber and its influence on this whole sphere of work I also liked the policy bitNotesAs a group independent contractors earn than employees but this is only true for those with scarce skills eg journalists it graphic designers while less scarce skills like cleaning earn lessGig economy champions are find out touting data that shows that workers like flexibility But this data doesn t take into account how much workers value this directly when weighed against factors like pay job security benefits and safetyThe complexity of contractor Vs worker status different across Europe and each YS state leaves it open to abuseUber drivers get few details before accepting a ride to discourage selective fare taking This can mean getting short rides that offer very little pay after Uber s commission or ones going far away with little prospect of a return rideUber promoted itself as a way to start a mini business by not advertising post after deductions including petrol etc by internally they viewed McDonald s add their biggest competitor for staffPhoto tagging ie what s in the photo is a micro task outsourced by tech companies wanting it to appear automated But some pictures are graphic of abuse or terrorism and come with little warning other than 18In many sites the flexibility is one way mandating that workers are available a certain number of hours but not guaranteeing those hoursOften the start ups don t even know how much the independent contractor middle man is paying its workersBeyond transportation services many companies found the gig economy model just didn t work If you re a human led service like cleaning or waitering having an unreliable and uncommitted worker base is less than ideal Your people are your competitive advantage and that means you need to invest in them Some companies have found success by investing in employees essentially rejecting the gig modelUber has cut fares at various points and argues that supply and demand means this benefits drivers But this is only true if demand customers are very responsive to price changes but supply drivers aren t The latter is unlikely in most situations as drivers choose to drive or not depending on faresIt s a small minority that actually works in the gig with but it gets lots of media attention so politicians have cottoned onto that and used it to get attention on wider issues of instabilityTwo policy responses to the gig economy were discussed restructuring benefits and restructuring employment categories The first involves making benefits portable ie sticks with the employee even if they move jobs like NI does Proposals included changing healthcare or sick leave to portable benefits The latter involved creating a new independent worker category These plans and ideas have faded in the US with stakeholders unable to agree on an idea it done stakeholders conveniently unable to agreeA UK enjoyment tribunal find Uber drivers to be workers an in between category of send employed and employee Some feel this just intensifies the problem giving employers one category to exploit or find loopholes inIn the epilogue she summarises the gig economy well the tremendous hours of silicon valley and the disappointing reality that our support systems are not prepared to handle the major changes on the horizon

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10 thoughts on “Gigged by Sarah Kessler

  1. says:

    Capitalism uses cutting edge technology to screw workers Old Wine New Bottles Uber Mechanical Turk are innovative methods for pushing down wag

  2. says:

    A few years ago I thought about writing a book on the gig economy On many levels I knew that it was going to be a big deal and recent events have only underscored its importanceI'm glad that I didn'tI couldn't have done a better job than Sarah Kessler did A gifted storyteller she adroitly stitches together facts key court verdicts and human stories This is no screed against the future of work At the same time though Kessler asks t

  3. says:

    This book is a well done and fairly up to date look at the phenomena associated with the “gig” or “sharing” economy a set o

  4. says:

    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 in

  5. says:

    Having read similar books about understanding modern day poverty and work I felt this did well at maintaining a journalistic distance rather than claiming I'm one of them But it is very focused on some odd characters and it wouldn't be fair to call them representative Interesting to read about Uber and its influence on this whole sphere of w

  6. says:

    ‘Any economy is built by humans and this book is about them' I love this as a catchphase and as a good reminder to all of us working on these topics to always think about the human impacts I am involved in pol

  7. says:

    Decent reporting Unfortunately she constrains herself to popular cliches about labor economics though she uestions her orthodoxy a few times Also she greatly exaggerates in her Chapter 128 reference The abstract This article uses various micro data sets to study entrepreneurshipConsistent with the existence of capital constraints on potential entrepreneursthe estimates imply that the probability of self employm

  8. says:

    Gigged is a tech journalists tour of the the “gig economy” mostly from a “neutral” standpoint Recently t

  9. says:

    Gig economy is about the use of assets in different ways I can give two uick examples of that Think about Uber which allows people to turn their private car into a temporary taxi The common business model for a taxi is uite different It used to be that taxi had to be a registered vehicle you have to pay to get the license to become a taxi driver buy insurance and so on Now the technology which has allowed cars to become

  10. says:

    As a factual background I must state that I left a full time job in the first months of 1998 and became a player in the gig economy

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