Is The GIG Economy Really Peer-To-Peer

Why is the GIG economy on the rise? A ‘gig’, once just meant by musicians for picking up an open spot on a stage, is now a hipster term for pick-up work using peer-to-peer apps (like Lyft, Uber and Airbnb). If there were no such apps, they’d be waiting on the street for a pick-up truck, but as hipsters go, anything that saves ‘face’, as the Chinese might say, then they’re up for it. (That’s not a veiled opinion by the way). So this peer-to-peer gig stuff is really day-labor that’s not as embarrassing as waiting for a pick-up truck of the crew boss.

The gig economy is a popular label to capture the idea of short-term and unpredictable work arrangements. It’s part of a spectrum of terms that describes peer-to-peer marketplaces that enable people to monetise their skills and assets. (The gig economy—the history and the essentials)”

But, get this, peer-to-peer is the name of the technology, like instant-messaging and online-chatting and file-sharing. It isn’t an egalitarian term. And in fact, the arrangement is boss-to-worker. And if a gig-worker so loves the egalitarian idea of peer-to-peer, the technology has made them work for their peers. That is the ultimate ‘disgrace’.

Youth and gigs
Youth and gigs

The gig economy worker is young and coveted for their youth.

“Long-time Lyft driver and mentor, Mary, was nine months pregnant when she picked up a passenger the night of July 21st,” the post began. “About a week away from her due date, Mary decided to drive for a few hours after a day of mentoring.” You can guess what happened next. (THE GIG ECONOMY CELEBRATES WORKING YOURSELF TO DEATH).

Actually I wouldn’t know. The funny thing with these youths with big dreams and small feet, is that the path they’re choosing is like a juggling act, when other moms juggle long-term careers and free time.

Is the gig economy for those who are below the poverty line? Then they ought to be protected better. The way the gig economy is being touted as new-fangled, sweeps these details under the rug.

The gig economy is a sign that the American Dream has woken up to the fact that there are poor people in their neighbourhoods. What the rise of the gig economy means for the American Dream

Lets juxtapose the gig economy work to that created by Apple Inc. Whose CEO tells the public these are ‘our’ jobs, “naturally those workers aren’t all wearing Apple logos on their shirts. Still, a lot of them are: Cook spoke of 25,000 employees doing R&D; 6,000 at Apple’s facility in Austin, Texas; plus all the employees at Apple’s retail stores (and) U.S. suppliers who make components here, like Corning glass and 3M adhesives used in iPhones and iPads. (Apple joins ‘Made in America’ trend with $1 billion fund to promote U.S. manufacturing)”