Monday, January 12, 2009

on the age of gigonomics...

Read this: Tina Brown, of The Daily Beast, writes (uh, blogs?) about the "gig economy".

Having been a freelancer for many years, I assume I should take offense that Brown equates freelancing with streetcorner hustling. But, really, she makes a number of good points, many tied to the flailing economy --

"My own anecdotal evidence among friends is now borne out by an exclusive poll conducted last week by The Daily Beast and Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates. Five hundred employed U.S. citizens aged 18 and over were interviewed via the Internet on January 8 and 9.

"A full one-third of our respondents are now working either freelance or in two jobs. And nearly one in two of them report taking on additional positions during the last six months.

"Just as startling, these new alternative workers are not overwhelmingly low-income. They’re college-educated Americans who earn more than $75,000 a year.

"Welcome to the age of Gigonomics."

She also addresses an issue that, clearly, can apply to a new class of reporters-sans-paychecks, who are forced to hustle for assignments at slave wages -- especially online -- and say thank you for the offer. Hmmmmmm, you gotta wonder how much The Daily Beast pays. bk

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