Uberworked and Underpaid

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 26 Jan 2018

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Trebor Scholz brings an eye-opening perspective on the "sharing economy" and its effects on "low-income workers".  It's a voice that needs to be on the table and a read for anyone considering work in this new digital reality where the office is taken away and you're almost your own boss  except you're a subcontractor or freelancer.  He brings with his arguments good research and analogies to show how unstable and unfair such work can be, but there is a note of bias in his writing. It is not scholarly, but his criticism is welcome as I seek to balance the perspectives of this growing trend to help students determine their career pathways.
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ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY
Uberworked and Underpaid is an indepth look at the state of digital work place and practices, how it has enriched the few and impoverished many despite its promise of freedom and entrepreneurship for all.

WHO WOULD ENJOY READING IT?
Anyone with a stake or potential stake (work-wise) in today's gig economy. University or college students concerned about getting a job after school would also benefit from having a read.
People who get depressed easily should stay clear, there is plenty of sorrow and pessimism to drive a human insane here. There is also a lot of hope and proferred solutions, but the author is quite realistic about the state of jobs in the world at...

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An interesting and unsettling book about digital labor and the impact on today work. It was really interesting and helped me to understand a lot about the digital work and the digital labor and it was really interesting to read the proposed solutions
Many thanks to Netgalley and Polity
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Uberworked and Underpaid looks at how digital labor, sold to us as an opportunity to live a flexible, fulfilling, independent life of ‘micro-entrepreneurs’, often camouflages a reality characterized by the slow disappearance of fair labor practices and an increase in economic inequalities.

CrowdFlower’s Lukas Biewald summed the situation up quite adequately back in 2010 when he said: “Before the Internet, it would be really difficult to find someone, sit them down for ten minutes and get them to work for you, and then fire them after those ten minutes. But with technology, you can actually find them, pay them the tiny amount of money, and then get rid of them when you don’t need them...

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Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy by Trebor Scholz published by Polity is a strong book about the digital labor and its reality and at the same time it's a stimulating book because you will learn everything about the most known web companies ruling the net-world-dimension, what it means copyright in the net, or labor, or just being there, supporting your favorite actor, or writing reviews of your favorite books and how companies are acting regarding it.

Sometimes the so-called digital labor is very underpaid or not paid at all.
Also the word labor is different from work. Work, as the author writes means a daily activity, working with hands and...

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