When Uber rolled out its app-based ride-sharing service in 2011, a new era of empowerment and agency for freelancers was upon us. The amazing convenience offered by the confluence of the “Internet of Things,” artificial neural networks, and workers who increasingly wanted a say in their work-life balance seemed too good to be true: Desk-bound office workers could order salads at the push of the button with GrubHub; CEOs could commission artwork from designers across the globe with Fiverr; and renters could have their new Ikea furniture assembled by a TaskRabbit. And freelancers could build a lifestyle for themselves that didn’t tie them to full-time contracts or repetitive, super-specialized tasks.
But now, giggers are bearing the punishing consequences of no-contract, on-demand work, and policy-makers and advocates are struggling to implement safeguards for them in an economy that reduces them to the surplus value of their labor. One Uber driver in 2016 went into labor while driving for Lyft, which the company spun as “exciting,” despite the fact that Lyft makes no provisions for healthcare or parental leave for its drivers. New York is cracking down on companies that employ gig workers, following California’s lead in creating legislation that makes it more difficult for companies to hire freelancers as contractors. And in January, Instacart launched a union-busting campaign to prevent its gig workers from organizing for their rights.
What have we gotten ourselves into? Is there a way to shift the tide? And why can’t we have it both ways?? Mark will answer all of these questions and more with the help of expert guests and gig workers themselves! Plus, it’ll be funny af.
Mark immersed himself in the fucking ENORMOUS world of Amazon (intro slides and notes)! He tried to Sell Garbage on Amazon and scored an Interview with the #1 Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer.
Mark sought to answer the question: is Twitter bad, or is it the worst? (intro slides and notes)! He showed off the Twitter Bot he made, his attempt to get Free shit from brands, and the nasty twitter trolling he experienced when promoting the show! Head over to Mark's Twitch channel to see the highlights!
Mark totally dove deep into the horrifying and beautiful world of YouTube (intro slides and notes)! Also Mark went Extremely on YouTube and did an overview of every single video he's made on YouTube. Head over to Mark's Twitch channel to see the highlights!
Mark got back on the apps with a show about Online Dating (notes here), showed off his new dating site Hacker.singles and gave a presentation on his new algorithm for human conversation!