Daily Archives: October 18, 2016

USA | How the Gig Economy Profits off Desperation

by Paris Marx

“Children are running the company [Homejoy] and they act like they are still in college. The poor cleaners are being treated like slaves; the children make fun of them behind their backs; this company is a tax-evader and a moral concern to the working class.”

—anonymous former employee of house-cleaning startup Homejoy


Precarity is an emerging abandonment that pushes us away from a livable life. In a growing body of scholarship centered on social marginalization, the concept of precarity has come to name “the politically induced condition in which certain populations suffer from failing social and economic networks . . . becoming differentially exposed to injury, violence, and death” (Butler 2009, 25). This term is nested within larger ontological questions of finitude and the ultimate precariousness of life. Understanding life as precarious suggests that social existence itself depends on interdependency through the care of others. The bodies and affective labor of other humans and nonhumans sustain our survival. We also come to depend on institutionalized forms of recognition, infrastructure that shapes our place in the world. When these systems of care and support are fragmented by the uneven impacts of capitalism and global forms of racism and exploitation, precarity emerges as an acute expression of precariousness. Precarity is thus fundamentally concerned with politics. It describes the way that the precariousness of life is exploited, how the lives of underemployed minorities, their struggles and suffering, are rendered abject and meaningless.

Nobel de littérature : Bob Dylan ne répond pas

Le chanteur qui a reçu le prix Nobel de littérature n’a toujours pas réagi 24 heures après avoir été distingué.

Près de vingt-quatre heures après avoir attribué le prix Nobel de littérature au chanteur et compositeur américain Bob Dylan, l’Académie suédoise n’avait « toujours pas » parlé vendredi avec la superstar, qui a pourtant donné un concert dans l’intervalle.