After spending a few years wading through all sorts of bullshit concerning the "gig economy," I've put together a glossary of sorts: a guide aimed at translating key buzzwords, phrases, and ideas regularly deployed to legitimize and normalize gig work. vice.com/en/article/pkb…
The inspiration for this was @_KarenHao's great glossary that decoded how Big Tech talked about AI ethics. There's a lot of propaganda we carry around because gig firms were so successful in their first decade of PR, but step by step we can purge it all! technologyreview.com/2021/04/13/102…
Over the next year hoping to report more on aspects of the “gig economy” that don’t seem to be considered much outside of the academy/law but are incredibly important like antitrust Qs raised by @Econ_Marshall & @sanjuktampaul or the racial politics mapped out by @veenadubal
and THE NEW RACIAL WAGE CODE is a great read if you haven’t started already that makes an explicit ironclad argument about how the gig economy relies on a line of racist policies aimed at marginalizing & exploiting & subjugating non white workers! papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf…

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