What does it mean to “gig” American workers?

No doubt you will be thrilled to learn that we now live and work in a “gig economy.”

That’s the latest corporate buzz-phrase from Silicon Valley. CEOs are hailing a Brave New Workplace in which we lucky worker bees no longer have to be stuck in traditional jobs with traditional hours, traditional middle-class pay scales, traditional benefits, traditional job security, and all those other fusty “traditionals” of the old workplace. In fact, in the gig economy, you don’t even get a workplace. Rather, you’ll be “liberated” to work in a series of short-term jobs in many places, always being on-call through a mobile app on your iPhone or through a temp agency. How exciting is that?

Check out this classic commentary.

“Battling the bastards is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.”

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