Three writerly things I’m enthusiastic about at the moment.
First, my recent post In Praise of Fake Reviews has been reworked and polished thanks to the efforts of Rob Horning, and posted at The New Inquiry.
Second, I’m off to New York City next week to take part in the Digital Labor conference. I’ll be on a panel on The Future of Workers in the Sharing Economy; we each talk for about 30 minutes and then discuss. I’ll be talking in part about reputation.
Third is an article in progress, but more on that later.
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The story of Botto Bistro and Yelp, and why we should demand that reputation-system owners be accountable before we demonize “fake reviews”. Continue reading
A short note about the ways that Uber drivers are getting increasingly vocal and organizing to push back against the company and its frequent rate cuts, policy changes, and no-tip policy. This post lists only American events. Continue reading
Maps of Airbnb listings in some cities Continue reading
So it’s been a long time since I posted here. Basically, I thought I’d said all I had to say about the sharing economy: it’s being covered in so many places now a blog has less of a contribution to make. So I pondered the meaning of life and thought I’d move on to other things (and thanks to Kieran for counsel on that).
But oddly enough, requests for comment and posts about the sharing economy continue to come in, far more than any other topic I’ve written on, so that’s where the demand is (thanks to Trebor, Cameron, CBC (times 2) and Andrew (even if we don’t get anything worthwhile from that effort)).
What’s more, the dividing lines are being drawn increasingly clearly as labour and community groups line up on one side, and fans of deregulation, conservatives, republicans and Fox News line up on the other. It’s good to be contributing to something worthwhile (thanks to LAANE from Los Angeles for a chance to support their efforts).
So I’ll be spending the next several months focusing on the sharing economy, and hope to build up a useful set of resources here, as well as contributing elsewhere. It’s … Continue reading
Airbnb in Barcelona: even more economical with the truth than usual. Continue reading
Airbnb stats in other places, and the puzzle of Paris’s “whole home” rentals. Continue reading