A Close-Up Look At Contract Workers
January 22, 2018 • An NPR/Marist poll sheds light on a fast-growing workforce sector: contract workers. One out of every five jobs is held by a contract worker. While many enjoy the flexibility, the jobs are unsteady.
Are we in another bubble? I remember 2008. I see a lot of places for rent and for sale that I don’t see a lot of people being able to afford. Maybe I’m not getting it.
Here’s how it looks in Somerville, Massachusetts.
For a century and more, Somerville was a working-class neighborhood bordering Cambridge. The city is still populated with a dense mix of blue-collar workers and recent immigrants, all living in together in red-brick and clapboard three-decker housing. It also provided many affordable, off-campus rooms and apartments to Tufts, Harvard, and MIT students as well as artists, writers, and radicals. Today, it’s dealing with the aftershocks of a boom in biotech and the knowledge economy that’s now rippling out from post-rent-control Cambridge. That bloom of wealth and demand is pushing premium jobs and rocketing rents into neighboring Somerville, a place where suddenly everybody wants to live and a lot of proud residents can no longer afford.
The Denver Post is going to charge for its services now.
How I have hated the enormous amount of time we’ve spent trying to get page views in the empty belief the digital ads would save us. In that pursuit we’ve drained precious time and resources that could have been focused on doing even more real journalism, like fact-checking political claims, investigating government spending or crafting a better read.
Returning to our fundamentals will be better for readers and journalists alike.
I don’t blame them. If the online ad model ain’t working, it ain’t working. Hat’s off to them for looking for a new approach.
“A beehive can apparently be moved two inches each night without disorienting the bees the next morning. Surprisingly, if it is moved two miles, the bees also have no problem: They are forced by the total displacement of their environment to re-orient their sense of direction, which they can do easily enough. But if the hive is moved two yards, the bees will become fatally confused. The environment does not seem different to them, so they do not re-orient themselves, and as a result, they will not recognize their own hive when they return from foraging, hovering instead in the empty space where the hive used to be, while the hive itself sits just two yards away.”
– IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, A PERSPECTIVE ON FILM EDITING. Walter Murch.
In the spirit of sharing, here are a couple free things that made my world a little better.
1. Cmder -> a Windows application
“Cmder is a software package created out of pure frustration over the absence of nice console emulators on Windows. It is based on amazing software, and spiced up with the Monokai color scheme and a custom prompt layout, looking sexy from the start.”
2. WhatRuns -> a Chrome extension
“Discover what runs a website. Frameworks, Analytics Tools, WordPress Plugins, Fonts – you name it. WhatRuns extension is one click away for you to find technologies used on any website you visit. From Developer Tools and Ad Networks to WordPress Plugins and Themes, we detect even the new and upcoming tools and services.”
“The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.”
“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is today.”