When I worked at LinkedIn from 2015-2016, I has the pleasure of bearing witness to the idiocy of the young developers and workers. Maybe this is why they ended up purging everyone over 40 who wasn’t in management.
It was something of a concern to me that they would be so excited about a new buzzword in the office: disruption.
YAY! We’re disrupting the taxi industry with ride sharing!!
I could get into other things they said, but it all came down to the ultimate disruption, which is employment.
So what were they so excited about?
THE GIG ECONOMY
They were very excited about the “gig economy.” This is where you get a loose “job” as a contractor, where you get no benefits at all, and the company has NO responsibility to the long list of disposable players who get paid garbage for work.
Along these lines, they were excited about the idea that “you can earn as much as you want.” They never took into consideration that a person can work only so many hours per day.
The gig economy is comprised of a series of online services, such as food delivery, human livery service, and more. This ideology is supported and driven by another idea that is even larger: The Side-Hustle.
MY FAMILY’S SIDE-HUSTLE EXPERIENCE
I experienced this as a teenager growing up. We didn’t call it “side-hustle” back then. What we called it was “struggling to make ends meet.”
This was NOT something that was considered to be fun. It wasn’t an opportunity. It was a necessity to survive.
My mother’s “side-hustle,” back in the late 70s and early 80s, was making custom birthday cakes and wedding cakes. I helped out frequently. You can’t imagine the stress and work that comes with delivering a 7-tier wedding cake in a Datsun B210.
It came with a cost. It cut into time that my mother could rest from her job. It also cut into the time that we could have been spending together.
We will NEVER get those years back. Was losing that time worth the money? Absolutely NOT. But the money was a necessity if we were to survive.
She would make her own frosting. It was SO sweet that we kids got disgusted by it early on. This kept our fingers out of the frosting bowl. While the frosting was rather gross on its own, it was VERY good on a cake.
There were many other cakes, most of which I have no photographs.
Back then, people who had to do this to survive were NOT excited or pumped about it. They saw it as a necessity.
Today’s young adults view it as something “cool” that they “get to do.”
These young people I worked with at LinkedIn were good at their jobs. But they weren’t very good at thinking things through.
On the day that an Uber-type of app was released, I remember the young people talking about how they were “disrupting the world of older people” and with a great deal of excitement and energy.
I gave them a warning.
“One day, when you get downsized from this job for no reason, you’ll find that the ONLY option you have is to be a freelance programmer. Every few days, you’ll have to find a new client. Every day, you’ll wonder if you can earn enough to get by. When Artificial Intelligence is used to code, and it “disrupts” your world, we’ll see how you fare. Disruption is NOT always positive.”
They laughed at me.
Today, a few of them ended up being let go, and are now complaining about how Uber isn’t paying them enough. They aren’t screaming about health insurance yet, but give it a few years, since they’re in their early to mid-30s by now.
But that’s where things are headed in America. Everyone will be a “contractor,” which means the companies will NOT have to provide benefits of any kind. Already, people cannot afford to go to the doctor. Before the pandemic, the average American COULD NOT afford a $400 emergency. It has gotten worse since then.
It seems the wealthy have found a way to screw us over, and the young people are VERY pumped up about it.
Based! Poggers! [soiface]
The young workers don’t get it. Earlier I called it “idiocy,” mainly because that is truly how it appears. But it’s not really because they’re stupid. It’s ignorance that is the byproduct of a lack of life experience.
IN THE END
When change is being implemented, it is important to ask WHY this change is necessary, and WHY this change is happening.
In the case of the “gig economy,” the change happened so that the wealthy could get even more wealthy, while the people who do the actual work end up making less, or even suffering for it.
This kind of change is NOT good, and I shouldn’t need to tell anyone that.
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