12.09.13

Some Mechanical Turk job numbers

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 2:39 pm by George Smith

If you spend any time suffering with Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing jobs, the first thing you realize is that you’re not qualified for the majority of them, even “human intelligence tasks” that only pay a penny. Here’s a breakdown of the total jobs advertised on Mechanical Turk today and those available to me with a 98 […]

12.05.13

FDA OKs Mechanical Turk digital sweat-shopping

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 3:20 pm by George Smith

At a time of great unemployment, poverty wages and increasing inequality, the Food and Drug Association has committed to employing Mechanical Turk digital sweat-shop labor through a private sector sub-contractor. Pure and simple, it is the use of taxpayer money in the nullification of people for the siphoning of the money to corporate America. Think […]

12.04.13

Mechanical Turk’s Zero Cent Pay Jobs

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 2:56 pm by George Smith

While digital sweat-shopping at Amazon today — it’s the only way your host can earn a few dimes in the American economy these days — I spent a little extra time looking at the phenomenon of Mechanical Turk jobs, human intelligence tasks paying zero cents. There are loads of them. Two sample screen shots, for […]

12.01.13

Thanksgiving with Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 3:34 pm by George Smith

Thanskgiving weekend earnings on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Helped along by a comment from TP: On the Guardian Ladies Field Hockey team, the left back, Lucy Mangan, has noticed vile Bezos, the Mechanical Turk & TaskRabbit, but then fails to attack with any great vigour. Mangan’s bit is short but includes the now familiar Dickensian descriptions […]

06.19.16

There’s nothing fierce about his little rocket

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 1:41 pm by George Smith

Jeff Bezos thinks he’s going to help move the human race’s production machinery into space. Look up his most recent grandiose claims and find some rubbish on how the earth will be zoned “residential and light industrial.” Where people who aren’t Bezos wealthy or his assistants, the future Mechanical Turkers of the world will live […]

03.23.15

Poorcore

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 10:38 am by George Smith

Another blighted week begins in the fossilized superpower of capitalism and casual cruelty we call home. From the WaPo’s EJ Dionne (no link): “Id respect these folks a lot more if they said what they clearly believe: They think more inequality would be good for us. It almost makes you nostalgic for the candor of […]

02.09.15

The sharing economy and “inclusive capitalism”

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 2:41 pm by George Smith

Many, many people fully understand the sharing economy is a racket, one in which tech industry start-ups depend upon the desperation of labor in an economy that’s stagnant. Searching for any income, even miniscule amounts of compensation, millions take whatever can be had in service piece work jobs administered by owners who operate networks that […]

12.06.14

The Scamming Economy: Red hot tech innovation

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, The Corporate Bund at 1:39 pm by George Smith

Tech industry start-ups love the operation of the sharing scamming economy. At its base is a smartphone driven global network that reduces people to pieceworkers. That is poverty level pay work akin to jobs from the 18th and 19th century, only made new through the smartphone and the desktop for the 21st. Old piecework slavery […]

08.20.14

The Sham Concern of Our Zillionaires

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, The Corporate Bund, WhiteManistan at 2:36 pm by George Smith

It’s a commonly seen antic in our Culture of Lickspittle: Zillionaires who grab headlines or design new public images around a feigned concern for the middle class and inequality that’s the toast of Davos and Aspen. From TIME magazine, an essay on how said zillionaires are allegedly expressing concern for the environment they’ve greased. In […]

08.06.14

Views of the future from the Culture of Lickspittle

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 2:41 pm by George Smith

Pew Research has a report about the future of artificial intelligence, robotics and what it means for employment. Naturally, they have a lot of quotes from people in the tech industry, famous pioneers and others who merely qualify as cheerleaders. What they all have in common is that they’re in the haves, many in the […]

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