For one month, I became the “micro-entrepreneur” touted by companies like TaskRabbit, Postmates, and Airbnb. Instead of the labor revolution I had been promised, all I found was hard work, low pay, and a system that puts workers at a disadvantage.
Fast Company || March 18, 2014
From 1960s Korea, through Brazil, to today’s Los Angeles: Inside the world that brought you Forever 21 and those skinny jeans in your closet.
Pacific Standard || March 17, 2014
All over the world, workers are paid pennies to do menial online tasks in a largely unregulated, multimillion-dollar industry. Welcome to the Internet’s factory floor.
East Bay Express || August 1, 2012
Will the career waiters of Gen Y occupy the service industry?
GOOD || Spring 2012
Wherein I go home, watch public servants get axed, visit the warehouse of unbearable sorrow, hang with jobless thirtysomethings living in abandoned homes, and consider whether my generation is flat-out screwed.
Mother Jones || November/December 2011
Prepaid cards are growing into a new kind of bank for the underserved, outside the boundaries of the financial system.
The Alicia Patterson Foundation || Aug. 18, 2011
On speculators, markets, and the future economy.
Lapham’s Quarterly || September 20, 2011
We can try to keep realizing westward, but unfortunately, some things are simply finite. Would that the ownership of property — of land, of moving water — were as simple as what “Why Rent?” ads or political rhetoric about home ownership imply.
The Millions || August 2, 2011
Tech Crunch || April 10, 2011
Harry Reid says prostitution is bad for Nevada’s economy. Is he right?
Slate || February 24, 2011