At the San Francisco Chronicle, Chirag Asaravala wonders whether there is dark side to the “there’s an app for that” model of employment. A snippet:
American venture capitalists and their host of cheerleaders, from investors to media, to the very startups themselves, beat a steady drum of how all such endeavors are a healthy sign of entrepreneurial innovation. They convince us that this is technology at its finest and our young college graduates are being hired to engineer “global solutions” — that this type of “disruption” is good.
They are, in fact, the signs of emerging oppression and growing social stratification. These app-based services are virtual canaries in the coal mine of a country that is foundering and struggling to make meaningful work for its young people.